A Parker County man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for using a fence digging tool to break into an Azle woman’s house while she was on the phone with police.
Jerry Shad Robbins, 52, was arrested soon after the woman called 911 in March 2013.
“Oh my God, he’s breaking into the house,” the woman told a dispatcher. “Oh my God, please hurry!”
The woman hid in a bedroom as authorities raced to her home.
Officers arrived in just three minutes and saw the man in a pickup truck leaving the house.
They pulled him over one block away and arrested him.
Inside his truck, police found a stun gun, handcuffs, a hat with fake hair and multiple license plates and garage door openers.
Parker County prosecutor Jeff Swain said he did not know what the man was doing with the items.
But he said the sentence was appropriate.
"We really are very protective of our people in their homes,” Swain said. “That should be your safe haven. You shouldn't have anybody breaking into your home. And the judge's sentence, I think, reflects the community sentiment out here."
Robbins declined an interview request.