DA Press Release – Man Sentenced to Life for Assault

September 16, 2011

After deliberating for a little over three hours, a Montgomery County jury sentenced Columbus Wright Scoggins to Life in prison for assaulting his then girlfriend, Suzanne Accardo, by choking her.   The assault took place on November 22, 2010 in Porter, Texas.  The jury heard evidence at trial showing the defendant squeezed Ms. Accardo’s neck so hard that Ms. Accardo heard popping and had red streak marks on both sides of her neck several hours after the assault.  Medical experts from Memorial Herman Northeast Hospital and the Montgomery County Hospital District explained the severity of choking and how deadly this type of assault can be.

Columbus Wright Scoggins

In the punishment phase of the trial, the jury heard how this assault took place just three weeks after the defendant had been released from Harris County Jail for assaulting Ms. Accardo on a prior occasion.  During that assault a good Samaritan came to Ms. Accardo’s aid only to be threatened by the Defendant with a knife.  In addition to the defendant’s multiple misdemeanor convictions in Texas, he has also been to prison on felony convictions in the State of Mississippi for Aggravated Assault and Burglary, and the State of Louisiana for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. 

In arguing for punishment, Assistant District Attorney Tammy Massa pointed out the defendant’s pattern of violent crimes and aggressive nature.  She also relied heavily on letters and phone calls made between the defendant and the victim while the defendant was incarcerated in Montgomery County Jail.  The defendant repeatedly threatened the victim that if she didn’t change her story he would get Life in prison.

 “Mr. Scoggins has proven his propensity for violence again and again,” stated District Attorney Brett Ligon.  “I’m glad the jury recognized the fact that our community is safer with violent habitual offenders behind bars.”

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