Crime

Ex-con gets 60 years for Fort Worth burglary, standoff

An Anna man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for burglarizing a home and holding police at bay for more than an hour from the roof of a pawnshop before he surrendered.

On Wednesday, a Tarrant County jury found Monty Judge, 34, guilty of burglary of a building and then needed just 30 minutes to sentence him.

Judge must serve half his time before he’s eligible for parole.

Judge broke into a home April 4 in far west Fort Worth, ransacked every room and barricaded himself in. The owner returned home and encountered Judge, who pointed a rifle and said, “I’ll kill you if you call the police.”

The owner ran out of the house, and Judge fled a few minutes later to Doc Holliday’s Pawn Shop at 8228 Camp Bowie Blvd., where he climbed on the roof, armed with the rifle.

SWAT team members negotiated with Judge for more than an hour before he surrendered.

During his trial this week, Judge testified that he was high on methamphetamine and suicidal and didn’t intend to break into the home.

In the punishment phase of the trial, prosecutors introduced evidence that Judge was on parole at the time of the burglary and had six prior felony convictions for robbery with bodily injury, drug offenses and assault.

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