Michael Graham of Crosby was shot once, had initials carved into the
back of his head and jumped out of second floor window to escape his
captors who tortured him in an apparent methamphetamine fueled frenzy in
That's what prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the conviction of
50-year-old Billy Shawn Chauncey also of Crosby, who was sentenced to
20 years in prison.
"This case would have been a murder case if the defendant had not
managed to break loose from captivity," prosecutor Daniel Simons said in
a press release issued by the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
Prosecutors said Chauncey was the ringleader who, with three
other people who regularly used crystal meth, stripped, bound, burned,
shot and stabbed Graham on January 4, 2016.
They claimed Graham owed them money.
Graham testified that he
was tied at the wrists and ankles with electrical tape, and a chemical
cleaner was poured on his head causing severe burns.
One attacker used a knife to carve his initials into the back of Graham's skull.
Graham broke free as the attackers discussed unleashing a pit-bull on
him, prosecutors said. He jumped through a second floor window and ran
away. He was shot in the back, but managed to reach the home of a
neighbor who called police.
Graham, whose past includes drug use and convictions for theft, said
he has been clean of drugs since the attack and has been trying to
improve his life, Simons said.
"He got a job last week and was in tears when I told him the jury
convicted the man who orchestrated the fourth-degree burns and gunshot
wound that he will live with for the rest of his life," Simons said.
Chauncey was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon during a four-day trial in the 180th District Court.
He and another man have been convicted and sentenced to prison. A
third pleaded guilty and an a fourth still faces trial for her role.