GARLAND, Texas — A repeat home invader who stabbed a homeowner and his dog has been sentenced to 99 year in prison — a jury took into account 54-year-old Thong Pham's previous criminal history in handing down the sentence.
Pham, of Garland, Texas, had previously been convicted of home burglary and an aggravated sexual assault of a child when he was found guilty on the latest burglary of a habitation charge.
“Families have the right to feel safe in their own homes,” stated Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis after sentencing. “The jury’s verdict reflects our community’s disdain for those who invade our homes, and especially for those who prey on children.”
On March 26, 2021, Pham burglarized a home in Wylie, Texas, just after midnight. The homeowners, a husband and wife, were awakened by their dog barking in the living room.
When the homeowners went to investigate their dog barking, they discovered Pham in the foyer area. When the husband confronted Pham, Pham stabbed him and his dog then fled out the back door. Less than an hour later, Pham was apprehended in a creek approximately 150 yards from the house.
Both the husband and the dog sustained significant injuries, but survived, according to prosecutors.
A Collin County jury found Pham guilty of burglary of a habitation, a first-degree felony. During the punishment phase, prosecutors introduced evidence of Pham's previous burglary of a habitation and aggravated sexual assault of a child charges and sentenced him to 99 years in prison.