Fort Bend County District
Shields was sentenced to 18 months’ probation on February 8, 2018 after a jury convicted
him of Assault. Shields, a 54-year-old Katy
man, was charged with assaulting a mobile food vendor three years ago.
According to Assistant District Attorney Melanie Rozbicki,
Scott Shields left his residence mid-afternoon on February 24, 2015 to confront
a food truck owner. The defendant’s
neighborhood was still being developed and the victim was driving his food
truck around to feed the construction workers working on nearby homes. The victim stopped in front of a house down
the street from Shields’s residence and honked to attract business. Upon hearing the truck’s horn, the defendant
drove over to the food truck, got out of his vehicle, and berated the victim
for honking. When the defendant realized
the victim was ignoring him, he pulled the victim out of the driver’s seat and tripped
him – sending him to the ground. Shields
then straddled the man, punched him in the face, slammed the back of his head
into the ground and head-butted him.
At trial, the
defendant testified that his actions were done in self-defense because the
victim charged him first. But the jury
listened to conflicting statements Shields made in 2015: first telling the 911 operator that the
victim charged at him from where the victim was seated in his food truck; then
telling responding officer that he was standing inside the victim’s truck, and
then how this was just a “stupid scuffle,” and he did not want to press
charges against the victim for assault.
“It was clear from the jury’s
verdict that this was never an issue of self-defense for the defendant,” said
Shields was tried in County Court
at Law No. 5 before Presiding Judge Ronald Cohen. Assault in this case is a Class A Misdemeanor
punishable by up to one year in the county jail and/or a fine up to $4,000. Shields was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine,
attend anger management counseling, perform 40 hours of community service
during his term of probation, and have no contact with his victim.
District Attorneys Melanie Rozbicki and Monica Nunez-Garza prosecuted the
case. Attorneys John Venza and Michael
Threadgill represented the defendant.