A Santa Fe man Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting his landlord while he was being evicted.

Thad Robert Becton, 50, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A fourth charge of evading arrest was dismissed as part of the plea deal, court records show.

Becton was arrested Aug. 10, 2015 in Chambers County after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a car chase that ended when Becton crashed his car and was arrested, police said.

Earlier that day, Santa Fe police officers had responded to reports of a shooting in the 12500 block of E. Bar Drive, police said.

Officers found a man lying on the ground with two gunshot wounds, one in the chest and another in the leg, according to an affidavit released Wednesday.

The gunshot victim told officers that Becton was in the process of being kicked out of the house and had kicked in the front door of the residence after an argument in the driveway and shot him, according to the affidavit.

Officers transported the gunshot victim to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, where he received treatment and later made a full recovery, police said.

Two other men were also present at the scene, according to the affidavit.

One of the men told police that Becton had been living with the gunshot victim and himself and had had trouble paying bills and that the gunshot victim had told Becton to move out of the house, according to the affidavit.

The man told police that after being told to leave, the two men had an argument and then Becton left the house, according to the affidavit.

The next day, the two men still at the apartment started moving Becton’s belongings to the driveway when Becton returned and the shooting occurred, according to the affidavit.

The third man had been visiting the house at the time of the incident, according to the affidavit.

After the argument in the front yard and Becton kicked in the front door, the two other men hid in a closet and under a bed while the gunshot victim fought Becton out of the apartment, according to the affidavit.

Officers investigating the scene found Becton had fired nine shots, with two of them striking the victim, during the incident, according to the affidavit.

Later that day, Kemah police spotted Becton’s car in Kemah and a chase ensued, ending in Chambers County, according to the affidavit.

Judge Lonnie Cox of the 56th District Court sentenced Becton to 10 years in prison on each count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, court records show.

The sentenced will be served concurrently, court records show.

Contact reporter Matthew deGrood at 409-683-5230 or matthew.degrood@galvnews.com


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