BROWNWOOD, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A suspect has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for robbing an elderly woman at gunpoint then stabbing her dog multiple times in Brownwood.
Juan Manuel Negron-Santiago Jr. was convicted of Aggravated Robbery, Burglary of a Habitation, Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animal, and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle Wednesday then received his 40-year sentence after a punishment trial.
Court documents reveal Negron-Santiago is accused of breaking into a Brownwood home with two other suspects in January 2020.
The suspects then allegedly robbed an elderly woman inside at gunpoint, and police say Negron-Santiago stabbed her dog six times with a pocketknife when he wouldn’t stop barking.
One of the other suspects injured the woman by striking her in the head with a handgun.
All three suspects were arrested after officers followed footprints from the scene of the crime to Negron-Santiago’s home, where both the knife and firearm were located.
One of the other suspects, Octavian Torrez, testified against Negron-Santiago and corroborated these allegations. Torrez is serving 20-years in prison for his part in the crime.
No further information, including the third suspect’s identity, has been released.