Garrison man in life sentence for robbing Nacogdoches barber loses appeal

Timothy Blanton (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Timothy Blanton (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A higher court has denied the appeal for a Garrison man serving a life sentence for robbing a Nacogdoches barber in July 2012.

During the robbery, Blanton used a Taser on Chester Pleasant, the owner of the barber shop. During the scuffle, Blanton also stabbed Pleasant with scissors and cut him with a barber's razor.

A jury found Blanton guilty in May 2013 and sentenced him to life in prison.

In his appeal to the 12th Court of Appeals, Blanton argued the trial court erred in admitting evidence and that the state inappropriately informed the jury of his prior conviction.

Blanton stated police did not have a search warrant when they went into his apartment and arrested him. The judge panel stated in their opinion that a person inside the apartment gave Nacogdoches police permission to go inside and arrest Blanton. As for the allegation of the prior conviction, the court stated the prosecutor only mentioned the prior conviction in a hypothetical sense.

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