Jurors deliberated about 30 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict.
During the punishment phase of trial, the defense called two witnesses who testified that Robbins was a registered land surveyor. The witnesses testified that the burglary he was convicted for was out of character for Robbins.
The prosecution admitted records showing that Robbins had convictions for aggravated manufacturing of a controlled substance, burglary of a habitation and possession of cocaine.
In sentencing Robbins to nearly the maximum sentence allowed under Texas law, District Judge Craig Towson told Robbins that he found the fact that the prior burglary case was for breaking into his adult daughter’s home and stealing her computer particularly aggravating.
“You should protect your children, not prey on them,” he said.
Robbins will be eligible for parole after he has completed a quarter of his sentence, Swain said.