Lufkin man gets 10 years for burglaries, theft

Johnathan Clopp mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Johnathan Clopp mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A judge sentenced a Lufkin man to 10 years in prison on Friday in connection to a theft and two burglaries earlier this year.

Johnathan Christopher Clopp, 24, pleaded guilty in August to two counts of burglary and one count of theft.

In Judge Gerald Goodwin's courtroom Friday, the judge told Clopp he would consider shock probation for Clopp after he had spent some time in prison.

During the hearing, Clopp explained his fiancee is pregnant and asked for probation, explaining he would get and hold onto a job.

"If you're a dopehead, you're not going to have a job very long," Goodwin said.

Goodwin told Clopp he had only himself to blame and nobody else.

"Look at the mirror and beat yourself to death," Goodwin said. "Don't scowl at me."

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Angelina County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of Kirkland Road on March 3, after the resident there said someone broke into the home by breaking a window on a locked door in the garage. She said numerous pieces of jewelry and a sterling silver set of place settings and servers were stolen.

On March 14, the complainant's daughter was arrested on an unrelated charge and provided a written statement, saying Clopp met the daughter at her residence and asked her if "she would be mad," according to the affidavit. The daughter asked why and Clopp showed her the set of settings and servers, the affidavit states.

The daughter told investigators she recognized the set as her parents' and told Clopp she was not mad at him because she was mad at her parents and would go with him to sell the settings and servers to a local business, according to the affidavit.

Clopp told her he had already sold the jewelry, and they went to the business and sold the set for $400, according to the affidavit.

"I pray to God you do well and I hope your family will continue to back you," Goodwin said.

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