18-year-old man gets 6 years for burglary
Anthony Shane Morgan, 18, formerly of Mabank, has been sentenced to six years in prison for burglarizing and vandalizing a home, according to information from the Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee's office.
Morgan was remanded into law enforcement custody after a sentencing hearing Monday in the 173rd Judicial District Court with Judge Dan Moore presiding.
Assistant District Attorneys Nancy Rumar and Justin Weiner prosecuted the case.
During the hearing, the court heard testimony from a victim estimating about $50,000 in damage was done to his family's home.
The vandalism, according to information from the district attorney, included squirting different liquids and powders throughout the house, shattering glasses, breaking windows, ripping wiring out of the wall in what appeared to be an attempt to start a fire inside the house.
Morgan admitted to stealing alcohol from the home so he could throw a party. The homeowner testified there was vomit and urine throughout the house and one of his toilets had been clogged after someone defecated in it. So much damage was done that all of the carpet in the home had to be replaced, according to testimony. Multiple items were stolen from the home including a stereo.
The homeowner also testified that entry had been made into his boathouse where it appeared that several people had been "living hard." Alcohol and cigarettes were found along with make-shift beds made of pool floats.
The homeowner told the court that his family's clothing had been worn and it was obvious someone had gone through their personal belongings, and his wife's slippers appeared to have been worn around the home. An irreplaceable family heirloom also was ruined during the burglary, according to information from the district attorney.
During an interview by Gun Barrel Police Investigator Monte Mansfield, Morgan admitted to entering the home on four different occasions.