Port Arthur man guilty of burglary involving domestic violence

Port Arthur man guilty of burglary involving domestic violence

A Jefferson County jury convicted Brandon Ahmad Julun, 31, of Port Arthur, of the felony offense of burglary of a habitation stemming from an incident in which the man burglarized and assaulted his ex-girlfriend, announced Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham today. The verdict was returned following a two day trial. The punishment phase of the trial will occur later in the year once a pre-sentence investigation is completed.

According to trial testimony, on April 3, 2014, Port Arthur police were dispatched to a home in the 600 block of 48th Street in Port Arthur in reference to domestic disturbance.  When police arrived on scene, they discovered a window had been broken out at the residence and a known suspect had fled the scene. The victim identified Julun as the assailant and told officers that they were previously in a dating relationship. Officers verified an active order of protection was in place ordering Julun to stay away from the residence and the victim.  Later that morning, testimony showed that Julun returned to the residence, entered the home through the broken window, and assaulted the victim. Julun was arrested a short time later at his residence near the 5000 block of Shortline. Evidence presented during the trial indicated the victim had previously been assaulted by the defendant.

Burglary of a habitation is a second degree felony punishable by 2-20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The defendant is also eligible for probation.

This case was tried by Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham and First Assistant Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw. 

Crenshaw commented, “Burglary in this case occurred when the defendant broke into the residence and assaulted his former girlfriend. The defendant assumed this case would be handled as a misdemeanor. He assumed wrong. The consequences of such behavior are serious and we hope this verdict provides the victim with better protection than the criminal justice system has provided in the past.”

Judge Wortham commented, “My office takes domestic violence cases very seriously and we will continue to aggressively prosecute offenders who abuse those who can’t defend themselves. We thank the jury for their careful consideration of the facts and hope this verdict serves as a warning to offenders.”