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A Richland Hills man accused of carving a pentagram was found guilty on Thursday afternoon of aggravated assault.
Brent Bartel’s attorneys attempted to use the insanity defense to keep their client out of jail. During testimony, they claimed he was abused as a child and had mental health experts testify that he suffers from schizophrenia.
But, prosecutors argued Bartel knew right from wrong.
Bartel was convicted on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after about five hours of jury deliberation on Thursday. The case immediately moved to the punishment phase, where he faces a maximum of life in prison.
He was arrested in 2012 after he told a 911 dispatcher that he used a box cutter to carve a pentagram onto his 6-year-old son’s back.Trial: Dad carved pentagram on son to save his wife’s soul - Story | KDFW