Two convicted criminals receive stiff sentences for violent crimes

Ryan Clayton and Lee Austin Senegal

After pleading guilty to robbery, Ryan Clayton, 34, of Beaumont was sentenced to 12 years in prison Oct. 17 in the 252nd Judicial District Court.

Clayton was accused of the July 27 beating and robbery of a 17-year-old man walking on 11th Street in Beaumont. The victim of the robbery was punched in the face and had his wallet stolen. Clayton has prior convictions for burglary of a habitation and sexual assault of a child.

Assistant District Attorney Luke Nichols, who prosecuted the case against Clayton, stated, “This attack occurred in broad daylight while the victim was walking down the street. With Clayton’s criminal history, prison time was appropriate to protect the community from such random violent acts.”

In another proceeding before the 252nd District Court, 21-year-old Lee Austin Senegal of Beaumont was sentenced to 10 years in a Texas prison by Judge Raquel West.

Senegal previously pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and deadly conduct in two separate incidents. Oct. 16, 2015, Senegal fired a gun at a Beaumont man. According to information from the DA’s office, the bullet passed through the victim’s clothing without injuring him. In a separate altercation Feb. 18, 2016, Senegal displayed a pistol and threatened to shoot a family member of his girlfriend, who had come to assist the girlfriend when she and Senegal were arguing.According to Nichols, also the prosecutor in this case, “Senegal has shown a willingness to use guns to attack and threaten others, so it is in the best interest of the community for him to be in prison so he can not hurt anyone else.”

Both incidents were investigated by the Beaumont Police Department.