By Anthony Scott
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON - Royal Davis, 49, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday after he was found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The decision came from 264th District Court Judge Martha Trudo at the Bell County Courthouse.
According to an arrest affidavit, Davis entered a residence in Killeen on Jan. 17 and pointed a pocketknife at his ex-girlfriend and demanded she accompany him.
A man who was with Davis' ex-girlfriend at the time retrieved his cane and told the suspect to leave. The suspect stepped out of the residence and began banging and kicking the door.
Police searched Davis and found an open pocketknife. He said he forgot the knife was in his pants and always keeps it open. Davis showed multiple signs of intoxication and after being arrested, became verbally abusive and uncooperative, the affidavit said.
Davis' attorney, Jeff Parker, said his client has a history of crime, referencing multiple misdemeanor and felony charges. Of the misdemeanors, nine were dismissed and three are pending while seven felonies were dismissed.
"While there are still quite a number of misdemeanors, it's not as bad as it appears on first glance," he said, asking the court for as minimal sentence as possible.
Parker said Davis also has 18 children.
"That is not a typo, your honor," he added.
Currently, Davis faces three active misdemeanor charges, including one for criminal mischief, one for a terroristic threat against a family member and another for assault with bodily injury to family members.
"This is a walking poster boy for 'put me in prison where I won't hurt somebody else' and we're asking the court to do that," said Assistant District Attorney Terry Clark, the prosecuting attorney.
Immediately after learning of his sentence, Davis gave a notice of appeal.