Trinidad man receives maximum sentence for burglary
Clinton Shelton (Source: Henderson County District Attorney)
(Source: Henderson County District Attorney)
From the Henderson County District Attorney's Office:
Clinton Shelton, 25, of Trinidad was sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Corrections and a $1,000 fine yesterday afternoon after a jury in the 392nd District Court of Henderson County deliberated less than fifteen minutes.
The conviction stems from the May 2012 burglary of a home in Trinidad. The trial began Tuesday morning with testimony from the victim, who testified that she was home alone when Shelton walked into her home and came towards her. Shelton only retreated after the victim's dog chased after him.
After returning with a guilty verdict, the jury heard testimony regarding Shelton's lengthy criminal history and from a second homeowner in Trinidad whose house was also burglarized in May 2012. Property stolen from her home was later found in Shelton's possession. The case was investigated by the Trinidad Police Department.
During closing arguments to the jury, Assistant DA Jenny Palmer pointed out that a person's home is their sanctuary and that Shelton had violated that sanctuary, placing the victim in fear for a long time to come. Palmer also pointed out Shelton's extensive criminal history and showed pictures of Shelton's white-supremacy gang-affiliated tattoos. Tattoos on Shelton's knuckles spelled out the words "game over". Palmer displayed the picture of these tattoos while asking the jury to tell Shelton his game was over by sentencing him to the maximum sentence possible for burglary of a habitation - 20 years.
First Assistant Mark Hall credited the work of the Trinidad Police department for apprehending Shelton and also indicated that the crime rate in Trinidad declined rapidly after Shelton was arrested and confined in the Henderson County Jail awaiting trial.
"We are certainly glad he is off the streets of Trinidad and Henderson County" said District Attorney Scott McKee. "Mr. Shelton robbed the victim of her sense of safety in her own home that she may never regain. I hope his conviction can bring some relief to her."
Shelton has indicated he will appeal his sentence.
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