Beaumont man gets 75 years for shooting his girlfriend in the face

Beaumont man gets 75 years for shooting his girlfriend in the face

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced April 3 that Trovoy Keith Jones of Beaumont was found guilty of the first-degree felony offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in Judge John Stevens' Court. A jury took fifty minutes to deliberate before returning a guilty verdict following a four-day trial.

According to evidence presented in court, Whitney Savoy, 28, of Beaumont, was shot once in the face on February 7, 2013. Savoy and Jones had reportedly been dating for approximately one year. The day before Savoy was shot, reports the DA's office, she had received an income tax refund, which Jones then tried to acquire. Late February 7, Jones called 911 claiming Savoy had been shot during an attempted robbery outside of her apartment. Savoy was rushed to the hospital and treated for "incomplete quadriplegia," resulting in permanent paralysis from the chest down and very limited use of her arms. According to prosecutors and witnesses at the trial, her condition will require around the clock care for the rest of her life.

When police responded to Savoy’s apartment, they found the Defendant, Jones, with Savoy in her bedroom. Savoy initially claimed to have been shot outside the apartment.  Detective Brian Kokenes of the Beaumont Police Department concluded that the physical evidence at the scene along with the medical evidence did not support the initial story. Police made repeated attempts to reconcile these differences, but the Defendant was always present with Savoy. After approximately a year, the victim was finally able to tell Detective Kokenes that Jones had shot her in the bedroom and had been threatening her and her family since the shooting. 

During the trial, testimony by police revealed there was no physical evidence outside the bedroom supporting Jones' version, and the only evidence found of the shooting was inside the bedroom. Additionally, Dr. David Parkus, the head of the Trauma Unit at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, testified that once Savoy was shot, her paralysis was instant. According to Dr. Parkus, “She dropped where she was shot.”  

During the punishment phase, prosecutors showed evidence of the impact of the injuries to Savoy and her family and presented evidence of Jones' criminal history, including six prior felony convictions. After deliberating for approximately fifty minutes, the jury returned a guilty verdict against Jones.

Assistant District Attorney Dan Hunt said, “Ms. Savoy showed true bravery coming forward to finally bring justice to herself and this community. She was grateful to the jury for helping take this dangerous man off our streets.”

In accordance with the jury’s verdict, Judge John Stevens sentenced Jones to 75 years in the penitentiary. He will not be eligible for parole until 2045, reports the DA's office.