Jury sentences local man to 20 years for assault using maul

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District Attorney Bob Wortham has announced that May 2 a Jefferson County Jury convicted Samad Sefiane, 52 of Beaumont, of aggravated assault and sentenced him to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for attacking his roommate with a splitting maul, an instrument used to split wood.

The evidence revealed that on January 21, 2017, a verbal argument between two roommates escalated leading to the Defendant, Sefiane, striking the victim over the head with a seven-pound splitting maul while the victim was sitting in a chair. The blow to the head caused the victim serious injuries, including partial paralysis.

The jury deliberated for just under an hour in the Honorable Judge John Stevens’s Criminal District Court.

Assistant Criminal District Attorney Michael Morgan said, “We are very pleased with the jury’s verdict.  Even though the victim will have these injuries for the rest of his life, the 20-year sentence will ensure the Defendant cannot repeat these actions against anyone else in our community for the foreseeable future.”