Special to the Bulletin
A man who, according to testimony, would not leave his ex-girlfriend alone was convicted in 35th District Court of stalking — his sixth felony conviction — and sentenced to 60 years in prison.
District Judge Steve Ellis sentenced Bernell Deon McClay, 31, of Brownwood, to the 60-year term Wednesday after a jury found him guilty, according to a press release from District Attorney Micheal Murray’s office.
First Assistant District Attorney Sam Moss put on evidence showing McClay assaulted and injured his 31-year-old live-in girlfriend, a mother of four, on Nov. 19, 2008. The woman reported the assault to police and forced McClay to move out, but McClay repeatedly called the woman and returned to her home uninvited, testimony showed.
Police were called six times between Nov. 19 and Nov. 21, but McClay had fled each time before police arrived. On Nov. 21, McClay entered the woman’s home uninvited and destroyed her computer and other property, according to testimony.
McClay fled, but officers apprehended him after a foot chase.
After jurors found him convicted, McClay elected to have the judge rather than the jury assess punishment. Moss presented evidence of five prior felony and three prior misdemeanor convictions and two previous trips to prison. McClay’s ex-girlfriend testified that McClay had assaulted her while they lived in Mathis and said charges of assault and endangering a child are pending in San Patricio County.