PCP-fueled assault gets Beaumont man 30-year sentence
A Beaumont man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Aug. 11 after a PCP-fueled rage led him to fire a handgun inside his home, causing debris to strike his two daughters at whom he was brandishing his weapon, reports the Jefferson County District Attorney's office.
According to a news release from the Jefferson County DA's office, Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced that Delton Davis, 35, of Beaumont was sentenced to a term of 30 years in prison in connection with an Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon case from last year. The victims of the assault were Davis’ own daughters, Jefferson County reports.
According to the probable cause statement and court records, on August 10, 2013, Davis’ teenaged children called 911 and reported that their father, Delton Davis, was high on "dip." Dip is a street term for Phencyclidine (PCP). The children reported that their father was already high on “dip” and became angry when one of them said “yes ma’am” to Davis by mistake. Davis began to wave a pistol around and fired it several times inside the residence.
At least one of the shots was fired in the general direction of Davis’ 11-month old daughter and her 14-year old sister, exploding a nearby battery. Both girls were struck by the contents and shrapnel from the explosion. Davis also pointed the gun directly at his older daughter while she was trying to protect her sister. Two of the children were eventually able to escape the house, but they were unable to remove the infant.
Beaumont Police responded and found Davis in possession of his infant daughter. Davis admitted he fired several shots in the house, while his children were inside. Officers found the interior of Davis’ home riddled with bullet holes and flooded with water, due to a bullet striking the water main.
Davis was sentenced to 30 years in prison by Criminal District Court Judge John B. Stevens Jr. The court examined evidence of the defendant’s prior criminal history involving narcotics before handing down the sentence.
Following sentencing, prosecutor Koby Hoffpauir said, “What these kids experienced was frightening and very sad. The fact that they survived their father’s drug-induced tirade is a miracle. A father‘s most important job is to protect his children. Davis placed his children in serious danger. ”
Davis will have to serve one half of his penitentiary term before he can be considered for parole based upon current parole law, the DA's office reports.