By LeaAnne Klentzman
This past week in the 268th District Court Truett Lane Finch of Sugar Land was tried and convicted of felony Assault Family Violence. Finch, 31, was sentenced to eight years in prison for hitting his mother.
It all began on June 7, 2012 when he was watching television in the downstairs living room with his mother. According to testimony, Truett’s mother made a comment about his dog which enraged him. According to his mother, Finch stood up, walked over to her chair, and the next thing she remembered was feeling pain in her eye. As a result of Truett’s attack on his mother, a round robin of phone calls between different family members began so that law enforcement could be notified of the attack.
According to authorities, “When Sugar Land Police arrived, no one would answer the door. Fearful of a hostage situation, Sugar Land patrol officers turned the scene over to SWAT. After several hours of staging and obtaining a search warrant, officers breached the residence and found only Finch’s mother and her daughter at home. Reportedly, the women denied ever hearing the officers and told them the defendant left with his dog before the first officer arrived.
The following day Finch was found hiding in an upstairs closet and arrested on the outstanding assault warrant.
In this particular case the black eye and facial cuts suffered by the victim were bumped to felony status because of previous domestic violence convictions. Prosecutors were able to prove to the jury that Finch had three prior convictions and sentences for family violence.