HEMPHILL, TX (KTRE) - A Sabine County jury has sentenced a 50-year-old Hemphill man to 99 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection to a brutal beating involving a sword that occurred in October 2014.
Jurors in Judge Charles Mitchell's courtroom issued Neal John Shelton's sentence Thursday morning. Shelton was found guilty of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Wednesday.
According to Shelton's indictment, which was handed down by a Sabine County grand jury in November 2014, the assault took place at the Lakeview Recreation Park on October 16, 2014.
Chief Deputy George Griffith with the Sabine County Sheriff's Office said in 2014 that the assault occurred after Shelton and Barlow got into an argument at the Lakeview Recreation Park in the Six Mile community.
According to the text of the indictment, Shelton allegedly caused serious bodily injury to Richard Barlow by punching him in the head and face and then kicking him in the ribs and stomach. Shelton is also accused of stomping Barlow's head and slamming it into the gear shift of a car. In addition, Shelton allegedly hit Barlow in the head with a sword.
The text of the second indictment stated that Shelton also injured George Ann Ferguson, 60, of Bronson, by hitting her in the back of the head with the handle of the sword he used to beat Barlow because she had tried to break up the fight.
Griffith said Shelton continued to beat and stomp Barlow as the man lay unconscious on the ground.
Finally, Ferguson managed to load Barlow into her car and drove to the Sabine County Hospital, where they were both treated for their injuries Griffith. Barlow was then airlifted to a Tyler hospital for treatment. Soon after that, Barlow was taken to a hospice.