Joseph Michael Alaniz, 27, of Concepcion entered in open court a plea of guilty on Tuesday and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to the office of 229th Judicial District Attorney Omar Escobar.
The Honorable Ana Lisa Garza sentenced him to two decades and a half in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division for the offense of Burglary of Habitation with intent to commit aggravated assault.
The offense occurred on March 19, 2014 in Concepcion. Alaniz broke into a residence and stabbed the victim in the right back area as he slept.
Duval County Sheriff’s officers arrived at the scene after being dispatched. When the first deputy arrived, he noticed a person who was later identified as the victim in this case, shirtless and had visible blood. The officers learned that the victim was asleep with his girlfriend and they were awakened by the intruder, who had broken into the property by driving a white F-150 truck onto the backyard.
Alaniz caused damage to the victim's fence and ultimately broke the back door to gain entry to the residence.
Once inside, Alaniz went inside the bedroom where he and the victim ensued in a scuffle and he was injured. Alaniz pulled out a gun and fired a couple of shots. One bullet hit the ceiling and one went into the bedroom wall, according to officials.
The victim then managed to take Alaniz out of his house. The victim was able to retrieve his shot gun and fire a shot into the air.
The victim positively identified the intruder as Alaniz.
Alaniz left the scene, but was detained the next morning.
He will also be serving seven years for an aggravated assault charge that happened in Alice.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rumaldo Solis Jr. and District Attorney Omar Escobar Jr.