Burnet County jury convicts man of kidnapping his ex-wife

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

BURNET — A Burnet County Jury sentenced 54-year-old James Dwyane Hoisager to 10 years in prison for abducting his wife at knifepoint in July 2011.

The jury convicted Hoisager in District Judge Dan Mills’ courtroom May 2 on first-degree aggravated kidnapping and second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. Later the same day during the punishment phase, the jurors handed down 10-year sentences on both charges.

The prison terms will run consecutively.

Hoisager faced up to 99 years on the kidnapping conviction and up to 20 years on the aggravated assault conviction.

According to law enforcement officials, Hoisager abducted his ex-wife July 8, 2011, after showing up at her Horseshoe Bay residence with a knife. Police said at the time, the man held the woman at her home for some period of time before forcing her to go with him to Marble Falls.

Officials said Hoisager wanted his ex-wife to go with him to talk to a pastor. The woman was able to escape at some point and contact police. Marble Falls officers arrested Hoisager several hours later at a local store.

The trial started April 29.

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