NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County jury sentenced a man to 70 years in prison Tuesday for assaulting a disabled witness and an elderly man while he was in the process of burglarizing the elderly man's home in September 2013.
Police found him hiding in a nearby tree house. After he resisted arrest, Nacogdoches PD officers found that he had drugs on his person.
The jury trial was held in Judge Campbell Cox's 145th Judicial District Court. Ronny Lee Williams, of Nacogdoches, was sentenced to 70 years for an aggravated robbery charge, 10 years for an assaulting a public servant charge, 20 years on a possession of a controlled substance charge, and eight years on a burglary charge. The prison sentences are concurrent, which means that Williams will be serving them all at the same time.
According to a previous East Texas News story, the attempted burglary and all of the events that followed it occurred at home in the 2600 block of Center Highway on Sept. 11, 2013. Officers responded to a 911 call about a burglary in progress.
A witness, a disabled neighbor who is unable to speak, managed to alert the home owner, who was in the backyard cutting trees.
The home owner found Williams rummaging through a freezer in the carport. When he startled Williams, the suspect kicked the home owner in the face, causing injuries. Williams then ran across the street and hid in a tree house.
After the people on the scene alerted the officers to Williams' hiding place, they tried to take him into custody. Williams resisted them "by swinging and kicking at officers." During the ensuing scuffle, Williams punched one of the officers in the face.
The home owner's wife told East Texas News that it took seven NPD officers and five Taser hits to finally get Williams under control. Once Williams was taken into custody, he was taken to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was later transferred to the Nacogdoches County Jail.
The home owner went to the emergency room of a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. In addition, he had to seek dental work.
According to state jail records, Williams has a criminal record that dates back to 2003. He has been arrested and convicted for felony and misdemeanor charges including delivery of marijuana between a quarter ounce and 5 pounds, credit or debit card abuse, evading arrest and detention with a vehicle, and two driving while intoxicated charges.