Maxwell receives 15 years for burglary

John Samuel Maxwell was sentenced to 15 years Tuesday in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for a charge of burglary of a habitation that occurred in Red River County.The case, with 6th District Judge Eric Clifford presiding, stems from an incident that occurred last February in which the defendant entered a camper trailer that was a habitation for two Red River County residents. The two residents did not know Maxwell or give him permission to enter their home. Once inside the home, Maxwell forced the homeowners from their camper and proceeded to destroy the inside of the residence.

At one point, after tearing off the refrigerator door, Maxwell stripped off his clothes and covered himself in butter. Once law enforcement officials arrived on the scene and secured the area, a standoff ensued that lasted over an hour. Maxwell finally made his escape from the residence wearing no more than a plastic bowl on his head and a single sock on his foot. Members of the Red River County Sheriff’s Office apprehended the defendant some 25 yards from the residence. According to law enforcement personneland the victims, Maxwell appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance.

Because of the professional response of the Red River County Sheriff’s Office, nobody on scene suffered any injuries, said District Attorney Val Varley. Our office has been in frequent contact with the victims of this matter and they were very satisfied with the 15-year sentence. As always, our primary goal is to see that justice is done. I feel as if that goal was accomplished — via phishhook

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