Rockwall jury sentences Swartz to 15 years for abusing his 77-year-old grandmother

ROCKWALL – A Rockwall County jury convicted a Rockwall ex-con who beat up his 77-year-old grandmother of a third degree enhanced felony offense of Injury to an Elderly Person Dec. 7 and sentenced him to fifteen years in the Texas State penitentiary.

Jeffrey Shane Swartz, 36, who had moved in with his grandmother in Rockwall after being released from prison, was charged with physically assaulting her in June of this year.

Evidence showed that there was a history of physical and verbal abuse against her by the defendant, as well as a number of thefts from her person and bank account, according to Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper.

“Law Enforcement has a special responsibility to protect our more vulnerable citizens, including the elderly,” said Culpepper.

“I was glad the jury embraced this responsibility and sent a message that Rockwall County protects its own.”

By J.J. Smith, Publisher


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