On Monday, April 6, 2015, a jury in the 221st District Court of Montgomery County, Texas, sentenced Brian
Vanorman, 51 years old, to 60 years in prison for Burglary of a Habitation. On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the jury
found Vanorman guilty of Burglary of a Habitation but found him not guilty of Assault on a Public Servant.
District Court Judge Lisa Michalk presided.
In the late hours of June 8, 2014, the defendant’s ex-girlfriend, Kathy Foote, was awakened by the
defendant who demanded to be let in to her home. When she refused, the defendant began throwing cement
blocks on the top of Foote’s roof. When Foote continued to refuse to let him into her home, the defendant
kicked in the back door and began vandalizing the home. During this vandalism, he assaulted Foote by hitting
her in the back of the head. When police arrived, the defendant had fled from the home, but returned shortly after police arrived and was arrested.
During this arrest, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Swilling was
injured when he fell, tearing his ACL.
At trial, Vanorman maintained that he did not break into the home, but was consensually let in, and
further claimed that he lived in the home at the time of the break in.
However, the prosecutor in the case,
Assistant District Attorney, Sheri Culberson, was able to elicit testimony from victim Kathy Foote regarding her
refusal to let the defendant in, and testimony from Deputy Jason Henson, who was on scene, that none of the
defendant’s possessions were found inside the house. The jury found Vanorman guilty of Burglary of a
Habitation in approximately an hour and a half.