GATESVILLE — A convicted murderer was sentenced this week to 18 years in state prison after hurting his 60-year-old mother.

The 52nd District Court sentenced Douglas J. Brumley 34, of Gatesville, to 18 years after a jury found him guilty of an assault causing bodily injury and family violence, a third-degree felony.

During the sentencing, Brumley entered a plea of “true” to an additional enhancement for a previous murder conviction, which increased his punishment to a second-degree felony, stated District Attorney Dusty Boyd’s office.

According to the DA’s office, Brumley grabbed his mother in December and shoved her. The push caused her to fall and hurt her arm.

Brumley was previously convicted and sentenced to five years for fatally shooting John Bailey Mays, 43, in the chest with a shotgun in June 1999, according to Herald archives.

Before the shooting, Brumley and Mays were fighting until both parties got tired. The fight started when Brumley intervened in a dispute between Mays and Mays’ wife. Brumley eventually went home, grabbed a .410-gauge shotgun, stepped outside his home and fired two shots. One shot struck Mays in the chest.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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