By TSB Staff
Peter Anthony Traylor, 25, of Arlington, was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for invading the home of his McKinney mother-in-law and assaulting her with a hatchet, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
Jury trial testimony revealed that Traylor was looking for his estranged wife and two small children. In doing so, he staked out his mother-in-law’s McKinney home in hopes of finding their whereabouts. Although Traylor had no convictions, he had been violent toward his wife and she had filed for divorce.
Just before midnight on July 9, 2010, when his mother-in-law was turning out the lights to go to bed, Traylor crashed through the glass insert of the back door. He confronted her and then slashed her wrist with a hatchet. She fled through the house until Traylor cornered her and gashed her chest. Fortunately, both of these wounds were found by medical personnel to be superficial. During the attack on his mother-in-law, he also threatened her boyfriend with the hatchet, although Traylor never struck him. Throughout this criminal episode, Traylor was trying to get the whereabouts of his wife and children from his mother-in-law and her boyfriend, which they refused to provide.
The boyfriend’s 15-year-old daughter was upstairs during Traylor’s break-in and she called 911. McKinney police officers Christopher Kennedy and Michael Eddy responded to the home within minutes, but Traylor escaped out the back door. Lt. Steve Riley, an investigator on the case, quickly obtained a warrant for Traylor, who had fled to Michigan before he was arrested on the warrant and brought back to Texas.
The jury found Traylor guilty of Burglary of a Habitation on May 9. The punishment hearing occurred on Tuesday, when Judge Ray Wheless sentenced Traylor to 20 years in prison. Traylor will be eligible for parole in 10 years.
Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Paul Anfosso and Deborah B. Harrison prosecuted the case and were assisted by District Attorney Investigator Keith Henslee.