HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A man with seven years of drug and burglary convictions under his belt could spend the next 50 years in prison after being convicted of stalking, assault, and burglary. It took a jury three and a half hours this week to convict Timothy Scott Beasley, following a three day trial.
Gulfport Police officers testified about the investigation that started with a burglary complaint on May 9, 2015. The burglary victim was Beasley's ex, and he had already been convicted of stalking. A court protection order had been issued in an attempt to keep him from contacting her.
On the night of the break-in, officers said the stalking victim and her family were eating dinner at a local restaurant when her mother received disturbing text messages and phone calls from the defendant. Beasley told the mother he was going to kill a cat at her home, then broke into the house.
According to testimony, when the family returned home they checked the exterior of the house, and felt safe enough to go inside. They believed Beasley had left. But after walking in, officers said Beasley jumped out of a coat closet armed with a pipe wrench and large kitchen knife. He then hit the 77-year-old father and homeowner in the head with the pipe wrench.
A video surveillance system at the home caught Beasley on camera as he chased the 76-year-old mother out of the house, then returned to break the glass front door with a hammer.
"Once arrested, the defendant in his own admission, stated that he went to confront the victim and her parents and he broke into an unlocked window and waited for them with the wrench," said Assistant District Attorney Mitch Owen, who prosecuted the case along with Crosby Parker.
Beasley has prior drug and burglary convictions from 2001 and 2008. As a result of being found guilty, he faces up to 50 years in prison. Since he was prosecuted as a habitual offender, he'll be required to serve his sentence in its entirety, without the hope of early release or parole.