Sherman Man Sentenced to 60 Years

2-23-06- The following is a press release from Grayson County:

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, Jerry Don Boyd, 32, from Sherman, TX was found guilty by a jury of Aggravated Kidnapping and sentenced to 60 years in prison. Boyd was also convicted of one count of Aggravated Assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison on that charge. The sentences will run concurrently.

The charges arose from an incident which occurred on May 18, 2005. Sherman police were called to an apartment at 301 N. F.M. 1417 for a domestic violence assault. Upon his arrival, Officer Alan DeMoure spoke to a 26 year old woman. The woman told police that she and her boyfriend, Jerry Don Boyd, were arguing at their apartment when Mr. Boyd began slapping and punching the her in the head and face.

He then retrieved a long kitchen knife and held it up to her face and threatened to stab her. As she was trying to leave the premises, Mr. Boyd told held her against her will with the knife, and later continued to assault her. Officers observed cuts and bruises to the woman that were consistent with her account. Boyd was found hiding in the closet of a nearby apartment after he fled the scene after police were called.

During the trial, the victim testified that Boyd had assaulted her many times before and the police had been called on prior occasions. When asked why she kept going back she replied, “Because I loved him, or I thought I did.” “This was an all too typical situation of domestic violence,” said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown.

“It is good to see a jury send a message to men who beat women. Men like Mr. Boyd who beat women think they are all powerful because they are bigger and stronger, yet isn’t it fitting that he is found cowering in a closet.”Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Joel Durrett prosecuted the case. Sherman attorney Jack McGowen represented Boyd. 336th District Court Judge Lauri Blake presided.

The kidnapping charge was a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison. As the jury found that Boyd used a deadly weapon in the offense, the charges were aggravated, and Boyd will not be eligible for parole until he has served one half of his sentence.