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Texas man sentenced to 70 years in prison for branding woman

August 16, 2019
This booking photo provided by the Parker County Jail shows David Shawn Minze. The Texas man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison after a jury convicted him of felony assault for heating up a belt buckle and using it to brand his girlfriend. The Parker County District Attorney's Office says 39-year-old Minze was sentenced Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Prosecutors say Minze was tried as a habitual offender because he had six prior felony convictions, including an assault conviction involving the same victim.(Parker County Jail via AP, File)
This booking photo provided by the Parker County Jail shows David Shawn Minze. The Texas man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison after a jury convicted him of felony assault for heating up a belt buckle and using it to brand his girlfriend. The Parker County District Attorney's Office says 39-year-old Minze was sentenced Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Prosecutors say Minze was tried as a habitual offender because he had six prior felony convictions, including an assault conviction involving the same victim.(Parker County Jail via AP, File)

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison after a jury convicted him of felony assault for heating up a belt buckle and using it to brand his girlfriend.

The Parker County District Attorney’s Office says 39-year-old David Shawn Minze was sentenced Wednesday. Prosecutors say Minze was tried as a habitual offender because he had six prior felony convictions, including an assault conviction involving the same victim.

Prosecutors say Minze, who goes by Shawn, in December 2018 used a lighter to heat up a western-style belt buckle bearing a large letter “S″ and then branded the woman’s body, leaving a scar. The woman also testified that Minze choked her and covered her face with a pillow.

Minze’s attorney says he intends to appeal the conviction and sentence.

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