Scott 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 Rozbicki.

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.

Assistant District Attorneys Melanie Rozbicki and Monica Nunez-Garza prosecuted the case. Attorneys John Venza and Michael Threadgill represented the defendant.