LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For one Lufkin man, jailhas been a constant revolving door since he was a teen and now it seems it willbe a while before he sees the outside of a prison cell.
Stephen Albro wassentenced to 20 years in prison for burglary of a habitation. The charge wasincreased because of a murder Albro was charged with murder in 2006.
Stephen Albro hoped to begiven another chance by District Judge Barry Bryan.
Albro's trouble with thelaw started when he was a juvenile. In 2006 Albro shot and killed a person.
He served three years inthe juvenile system and then was paroled for 27 years.
He wasarrested again in Sept. 2010 on charges of evading arrest, possession of acontrolled substance and parole violation. According to Angelina County courtrecords, the evading arrest charge was dismissed after he pleaded guilty to aclass B misdemeanor of attempted evading detention. The drug charge was alsodismissed. He served 180 days on the charge.
In 2013, Albro along witha friend were caught burglarizing a home, the charged Albro was sentenced fortoday.
"He had a 27 yearparole left," said prosecuting attorney Layne Thompson. "A Huge shot across thebow, don't ever do anything wrong again in your life and what does he do, commitsa burglary of a habitation."
In court Melissa Holman, Albro'smother, pleaded with the judge.
"I don't feel Stephenhas a fair chance in Lufkin," Holman said. "He needs a fresh start. He has alittle girl that he loves. Please show mercy and give him a second chance. He'snot a bad person and just want him to have a second opportunity."
Albro then took the standin his defense.
"I was being selfish,"Albro said. "I wasn't thinking of the pain I put my family or the victimsthrough. I let peer pressure get to me. I had a job. I didn't have to go. Imade a choice, a bad choice."
Thompson said it is hardto tell if Albro's apology was real.
"If you're trulyrepentant, you don't commit more crimes," Thompson said. "He has been given anincredible opportunity to turn his life around when he only served three yearsin juvenile for murder and then to attempt a burglary."
Albro's attorney John Reeves declined tocomment on the ruling.