Diboll man gets six years probation for punching grandson in stomach

Delbert Clark (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Delbert Clark (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 57-year-old Diboll man received a sentence of six years of probation Wednesday for punching his grandson in the stomach and arm and holding him down in July 2011.

If Delbert Ray Clark violates the terms of his probation, he will go to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for six years. Part of the terms of his probation is that he is to have supervised contact with his grandchildren, and he is not allowed to drink alcohol.

Judge Barry Bryan of Angelina County's 259th Judicial District Court said that part of his reasoning in his decision to give Clark probation was that in the initial police report, his wife and others said that, other than when he drinks, he is a good person.

As part of the deal reached during the sentencing hearing, Clark signed a waiver that said he will not appeal the judge's decision. He pleaded guilty to the offense in March.

Clark was initially charged with injury to a child and public intoxication. In a previous KTRE story, Lt. Arthur Alvarez of the Huntington Police Department said Clark had been drinking on the day that he was arrested for punching his grandson.

His family told HPD officers that he had been verbally abusive to his grandchildren all day. In addition, they told authorities that Clark had threatened his granddaughter with bodily injury.

According to police, Clark's granddaughter and her grandmother were outside when they heard a boy crying and screaming inside. Clark's granddaughter told Alvarez she saw Clark punch the young boy in the stomach.

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