WAXAHACHIE — An Ellis County jury sentenced a 37-year-old Ovilla man who was shot by a homeowner while attempting to burglarize the home to 99 years in prison on Friday.
Trenton Eugene Sinyard was convicted of burglary of a habitation Thursday, Aug. 17 and sentenced the following day in the 40th District Court of Ellis County. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Ellis County and District Attorneys Russell Jones and Habon Mohamed.
According to the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office, Sinyard rang the doorbell of the victim’s home at approximately 1 p.m. on June 2, 2015.
“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,” an ECDA release states. “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.”
Fewer than two minutes after the victim notified authorities, Sinyard forced the door open with his shoulder and entered the domicile where he was promptly shot at seven times by the homeowner. The release notes one bullet grazed the back of his head and a second lodged in his upper back.
After fleeing the scene, an ECSO K-9 unit located Sinyard inside of the neighboring house where he had been staying with relatives while on parole for a prior burglary conviction.
“Deputies found Sinyard hiding inside of a crawl space behind the fireplace where he had changed out of his blood-stained clothes,” the release adds. It also states Sinyard had prior convictions for burglary of a habitation in Ellis County and Van Zandt County and was convicted of simple burglary in Louisiana on March 21, 2014. His criminal history also includes convictions for theft, possession of marijuana, and multiple convictions for burglary of vehicles.
Jones and Mohamed thanked the jury for their service.