Man gets probation for domestic case

Published 9:01 am Sunday, September 18, 2016

A man who broke into a woman’s home, assaulted her and then stole her van will serve supervised probation.

Deven Ellsworth Walker, 30, of Austin was sentenced to a year in jail, but he received credit for 152 days served with the rest of the sentence stayed for three years, meaning he’ll serve supervised probation as long as he follows several conditions.

In a second case from March, he was sentenced to another year in jail with credit for 105 days served for violation of a domestic abuse order, a gross misdemeanor. The sentence was also stayed, so he’ll serve an additional three years of supervised probation and serve 50 hours of community service unless he violates the terms of his probation.

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He was convicted of a gross misdemeanor for domestic assault in May. He had faced five other charges, including three felonies of first-degree burglary assaulting a person in a building and in an occupied dwelling and theft; gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation-inimical to public safety and misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal damage to property.

Those other five charges were dismissed after a plea agreement was reached. Walker is scheduled to be sentenced on July 7.

At about 3:10 a.m. on March 13, a woman reported Walker had “kicked in” her door, assaulted her and then stole her 2000 Dodge Caravan. She also told police he had been drinking and did not have a valid driver’s license, according to the police report.

The woman told officers the two knew each other and had been drinking that night before a disagreement.

Sometime later, she was awakened by a hit to the left side of her face, and Walker allegedly yelled at her. The back door was also damaged beyond repair and there was a muddy shoe print near the outside door knob, the report said.

Walker almost damaged her new television but instead smashed a ceramic plant stand when a neighbor walked in because of the commotion.

He allegedly found the keys to her van, told her, “I can do whatever I want,” and then drove off.

Later that morning, officers drove by a home on the 800 block of Third Avenue Northwest and saw the van.

Police found Walker in a back bedroom after being let in by the homeowner. Walker was arrested without incident and his shoes matched the print on the door.