|State of Texas vs. Daniel Ray Resa
Twelve citizens of San Saba County heard the evidence and returned a Guilty verdict in the case of the
State of Texas vs. Daniel Ray Resa on November 17, 2004. The Judge then sentenced Daniel Ray Resa to sixty
(60) years in prison. The suspect was convicted of Burglary of a Habitation with the Commission of Aggravated
Assault. District Attorney Sam Oatman, who was prosecuting a case in Llano County at the same time, assigned
First Assistant District Attorney Tom Cloudt to prosecute Mr. Resa in San Saba County. Richard Mock represented
the defendant. The burglary took place on April 11, 2004 and involved an extended search through out the
countryside for one of the suspects.
The trial lasted for three days and there was testimony from officers from multiple law enforcement
agencies. San Saba Deputy Mike Edgmon was lead investigator in the case and his testimony was key in
convincing the jury of Mr. Resa’s guilt. The investigation and manhunt back in April involved San Saba Sheriff
John Wells and his office, Chief Ray Riggs and officers of the San Saba Police Department, the Mills County Sheriff’
s Office, Texas D.P.S. Trooper Ross Cox and Correctional Officers from T.D.C.J. (state prison).
The evidence showed that Mr. Resa entered the ranch home of a San Saba County couple while the
couple was asleep in their bedroom. The couple was awakened by noise outside their home and heard the
breaking glass as a window in their backdoor was broken. When the home owner confronted the intruders, shots
were fired at him. Fortunately, neither of the victims were struck by the shots.
The jury deliberated for several hours and returned with a unanimous verdict of Guilty. Judge V. Murray
Jordan heard the punishment evidence, which included several prior criminal convictions, and assessed
punishment at sixty (60) years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
First Assistant District Attorney Tom Cloudt noted, “Violent offenses that intrude into the sanctity of the
home are especially repugnant and unsettling. Everyone hopes, and wants to believe, that we are safe in our
homes. Thanks to the hard work of law enforcement, the folks in San Saba County are safer in their homes.”
Meanwhile, in Llano, District Attorney Sam Oatman and Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Nelson
successfully prosecuted Burt Eddie Blackwood for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child where a Llano jury, after
finding him Guilty, sentenced him to forty (40) years in prison. (see additional press releases)