Jury convicts Port Arthur man of home burglary
A Jefferson County jury took less than an hour to convict and sentence a Port Arthur man, Milton D. Stephenson, 43, to 55 years in prison for the felony offense of Burglary of a Habitation, announced Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw, according to a press release on July 19.
According to trial testimony, on October 2, 2012, shortly after midnight, Port Arthur police were dispatched to the Griffin Park home of an elderly man in response to a burglary in progress. When police arrived on scene, a point of forced entry was located, and it was determined that the suspect was still inside of the residence. A safety perimeter was established as officers ordered the suspect from the home numerous times with no success. At approximately 3 a.m., Port Arthur Police Department SWAT officers took command of the scene. Negotiations continued with the barricaded suspect until 6 a.m., at which point, SWAT officers entered and forcibly removed Stephenson from the home.
During the punishment phase, evidence of Stephenson’s criminal history was tendered to the jury in the Drug Impact Court. He has been previously convicted of Burglary of a Habitation, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Robbery, Burglary of a Building, and Possession of a Weapon in a Penal Institution.
Assistant District Attorney Ashley Chase commented, “We are pleased with the verdict and sentence handed down by the jury. All of our citizens deserve to be safe in their homes, both day and night.”