Guilty verdict, prison in family violence cases

May 7, 2014

A Hunt County man has been convicted on multiple counts of domestic violence.

The jury in the 196th District Court sentenced Samuel Deleon Garza to lengthy terms in prison on each of the half-dozen charges as a habitual offender, according to Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr.

“We are pleased that this defendant received stiff sentences in each case,” Walker said. “Obviously, the jury appreciated the seriousness of these domestic violence offenses and sentenced the defendant accordingly.”

Following a seven day trial, Garza was convicted in four cases of assault family violence with a previous conviction for assault family violence, as well as one count each of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault, and retaliation.

The jury assessed punishments Tuesday at 40, 45, 52, and 85 years for the assaults, 73 years for the burglary and 80 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division for the retaliation conviction.

The sentences will run concurrently. The same individual was the victim in each of the six cases, which involved incidents in Greenville during February and April 2013.

“We would not have been successful in these cases had the victim not been willing to stay the course and for that we are extremely grateful,” Walker said. “My assistant Calvin Grogan did another outstanding job representing the State and presenting this case to the jury and securing the sentences. Additionally, we appreciate Greenville Police Detective Mike Johnston’s efforts in conducting a very thorough investigation and putting together strong cases.”

The assault and retaliation counts typically carry maximum sentences upon conviction of up to 10 years in prison, with the burglary charge typically carrying a maximum sentence upon conviction of up to 20 years in prison.

But due to Garza’s previous criminal record, which included to prison sentences for possession of a controlled substance, he was considered as a habitual offender, with the minimum punishment upon conviction set at 25 years.