Scorned Lufkin lover getting 20 years for breaking in woman's home

Gary McKnight mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Gary McKnight mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man who failed at wooing a woman at a nightclub in August pleaded guilty Friday to breaking into her home.

Gary Lynn McKnight, 46, pleaded guilty to the charge of burglary and evading arrest. His sentencing is delayed until July 29, but records show he will begin a 20-year prison sentence then.

According to a previous report, McKnight had gone to Owens Club on Keltys Street and made aggressive advances toward a woman. The woman had grown tired of him and went to her home on Abney Street.

Police came to the home that night after the woman called and said McKnight had broken into her home through a window and wielded a knife. Police arrived and observed a broken window and McKnight fled, jumping over a fence, the report states.

Police found him behind some nearby bushes and verbally ordered for him to come out, which he did. A search of McKnight revealed two pocketknives, the report states.

He has several convictions on his record, including theft, burglary and drug charges.

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