Domestic Abuser Sentenced for Striking Elderly Woman

Barbara Schwarz
January 10, 2020 - 7:55 am
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DALLAS (KRLD) - A Southeast Texan has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for assault.  The punishment had a lot to do with who he struck.

61-year-old Marshall Clayton of Magnolia was convicted of injury to an elderly individual.  Montgomery County prosecutor Lisa Stewart says Clayton went to his estranged wife's place of work, a nursing home and assaulted her while she was outside  A blow landed on an elderly woman the wife was taking on her evening stroll.   "This is an innocent bystander who is now the victim, who has to go to the hospital and have teeth pulled and go through this ordeal at 93 years old because of this defendant's anger and control issues."

She says this is a good example of domestic violence bleeding out into society,    "We see domestic violence affecting the community in ways all the time, with police shootings, with violence, with all kinds of things.  This is an example where the direct violence affected an innocent party."

She says the sentence on this charge is typically two to ten years in prison, but because he's been to prison twice before, his range was 25 to life.  Stewart says Clayton He got the lower end because of his age.. He will have to serve between six and seven years before parole is an option.