Cuero man sentenced to 40 years in prison for burglary
April 23, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated April 22, 2012 at 11:23 p.m.
A Cuero man was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison after he was found guilty of burglarizing a home and injuring the woman who lived there.
After a one and a half day trial in District Judge Robert Cheshire's courtroom, a jury found Steven Battles, 39, guilty of the two charges.
The burglary was a first-degree felony, while the injury to an elderly person charge was a third-degree felony.
Both of these convictions had enhanced punishment ranges due to Battles' prior convictions, according to the news release.
Battles has six prior felony convictions, according to the news release.
On May 11, 2010, at about 11:45 a.m., Battles forced his way through the front door of a home on Callis Street belonging to a 72-year-old woman, according to the news release.
Once inside, Battles placed the woman into a headlock, attempting to control her.
She was able to twist and wiggle away from Battles then escape out the front door, according to the news release.
Battles said he needed to use the telephone and was attempting to hide from people wanting to hurt him, according to the news release.
Cheshire heard the punishment cases immediately after the jury's verdict and sentenced Battles to 40 years on the burglary and 15 years on the injury.