Lopez man convicted of residential burglary and assault

A 46-year-old Lopez man has been found guilty of residential burglary and assault in the fourth degree.

On July 29, James “Jay” Stanton Brant, Jr. was convicted by trial for both counts. He was found not guilty of interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

According to the officer’s report, a 911 call was placed by a woman on Wednesday morning of April 22. The woman told the officer when he arrived that she and Brant are married but separated, with two children.

According to the report, Brant entered the home without permission and retrieved his shotgun from the bedroom. He then put the firearm in his truck and returned to the house. The officer wrote that the reporting woman said she tried to close the door, but Brant pushed through it. She also said that Brant then grabbed her, shoved her and held her against the refrigerator. She sustained an injury to her elbow. The report also stated that she recalled Jay asking that she return his pistol.

The report said that she remembered pushing Brant away and trying to call 911, telling him to leave. Brant broke a coffee cup, a phone, disabled a second phone, and threw her cell phone out of reach before leaving, she stated in the report.

Later the officer reported Brant’s version of the incident, which the officer stated was the same, except he said she threw the first phone at him, which he caught and threw on the floor, breaking it. He denied that she was making any attempt to call 911.

Residential burglary is a class B felony, while assault in the fourth degree is a gross misdemeanor.

Brant will receive his sentence Aug. 12.