NACOGDOCHES, Texas — A man who claimed self-defense has been sentenced to life in prison for grabbing a razor and slitting the throat of an East Texas barber during a robbery.
Jurors in Nacogdoches (na-kuh-DOH'-chihs) earlier convicted Timothy Blanton of Garrison of aggravated robbery. The attack last July at a barber shop in Nacogdoches also left Chester Pleasant with hand and shoulder wounds.
Blanton testified his girlfriend had received texts from the barber. Blanton told jurors that Pleasant asked him to leave and he was doing so — then Pleasant grabbed him and the men fought.
Prosecutors dispute Blanton's self-defense testimony and say he intended to steal cash from the barber.
Records show Blanton, who was sentenced Tuesday, has previous convictions for robbery, criminal trespass, carrying a weapon, burglary and evading arrest.