Try to Burglarize a House in Texas, Get 99 years in Jail and a Bullet!

Ovilla Burglary Case

Way back in 2015, Trenton Eugene Sinyard got the not so bright idea to burglarize a house in the state of Texas. On Friday, August 18th he was sentenced in a court for his foolhardy act.

On June 2, 2015, at around 1:00 pm  Trenton Sinyard rang the doorbell of an Ovilla homeowner, whose name was not released to the public.

According to the Ellis County District Attorney, the homeowner did not respond to this doorbell.

“As was her custom, the victim did not answer the door when she was home alone. After twice ringing the front doorbell, Sinyard made his way into the backyard to the patio door of the home where he began pounding on the door and jiggling the door handle.”

At this point, the woman inside the dwelling began to get nervous. So she did what any most of us would likely do in the situation.

“After hearing the doorbell and seeing a silhouette move to the rear of her home, the victim called the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and armed herself with a pistol.”

The homeowner then called the police, reporting that someone she didn’t know was on her property.

Following this phone call, and before the police could even arrive, Trenton Sinyard bashed the door open with a shoulder block and entered the home.

Once inside, however, Sinyard was face to face with the homeowner’s handgun. At that point, all bets were off. The homeowner went ballistic (literally) and fired 7 rounds at Sinyard. 2 bullets struck him. One grazing the back of his head, and the other entered his upper back.

This was still not enough to put Sinyard down, but it did force him to retreat to the homeowner’s neighbor’s house where Sinyard was staying while he was on parole for, you guessed it, a burglary conviction.

It wasn’t long until K-9 officers found Sinyard in the house next door. According to the release …

“Deputies found Sinyard hiding inside of a crawl space behind the fireplace where he had changed out of his blood-stained clothes …”

Now between this event as well as Sinyard’s other convictions for theft, marijuana possession, and multiple vehicle burglaries, an Ellis County judge sentenced Sinyard to 99 years behind bars for his crimes. As for the homeowner, no charges were placed against her for defending her home and her safety.

What do you think of this story? Do you think that the homeowner did a good job of adequately stopping the threat? Is your home prepared for an event like this? Let us know in the comments below.

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