LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After being acquitted of aggravated robbery, a 40-year-old Lufkin man pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated assault in connection to a March 2011 incident in which he pulled a knife on his friend and attempted to rob him for more rent money.
Judge Barry Bryan of the 217th Judicial District Court sentenced Scott Alexander Stewart to 11 years in prison for the aggravated assault charge. In addition, Bryan ordered that Stewart must receive mental health evaluations and treatment while he is in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system.
In September, a district judge allowed Scott to be evaluated by a mental health expert to see if he was sane at the time of the crime. At the hearing, prosecuting attorney Dale Summa argued that Stewart had already been ruled competent to stand trial.
Stewart was letting a friend stay at his house for $20, according to police reports. The friend said that Stewart was getting high on crack cocaine and decided that he wanted $40 more for the rent.
Lufkin Police officers responded to a house in the 400 block of E. Laurel Ave. in response to a report of an assault. Stewart pulled a knife on the victim and pushed the man off the porch of the house when he wouldn't give Stewart more money, according to police reports. Then Stewart refused to let his friend have his bicycle back.
When the LPD officers arrived at the scene, they tried to take Stewart into custody. However, according to police reports, he refused to let them in the house and would open the door at times to yell at the officers.
Officers then began shooting pepper balls into the house, prompting Stewart to open the door and surrender to the police.
During the hearing in September, Summa explained that a defendant can be ruled insane at the time of the crime if he or she can prove he or she was suffering from a mental health problem. He also said that willingly being high on drugs does not make someone legally insane.