JACKSON, Miss. — An appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a Mississippi man who threatened to euthanize his ex-girlfriend’s cat to lure the woman and her parents back to her house and attack them.
Timothy Beasley , now 53, was convicted of burglary, aggravated stalking and aggravated assault in 2016 in Harrison County. The Mississippi Court of Appeals said Tuesday it found no error with the conviction.
Court records show Beasley’s ex-girlfriend obtained a court order to keep him away from her, her parents and her home.
In 2015, she and her parents were eating dinner elsewhere when her mother received a message that Beasley intended to “put down” the cat. The three went to the ex-girlfriend’s home, and Beasley jumped at them holding a knife and a pipe wrench. They testified that Beasley told them “something to the effect of, ‘now I can get all three of you,'” according to the appeals court ruling.
Court documents show the ex-girlfriend’s father feared for their safety and hit Beasley over the head with a cat’s scratching post. During a struggle, Beasley lost control of the knife but hit the ex-girlfriend’s father several times with the pipe wrench.
Home surveillance video showed the ex-girlfriend’s mother leaving the house, with Beasley following her and holding a hammer. The father went outside but retreated back into the house when Beasley returned and used the hammer to break glass on the front door. Beasley later left and police arrived.
Court papers say Beasley told police in a taped interview that he had gone to his ex-girlfriend’s house to retrieve some of his own belongings. He said he entered the house through a window. The ex-girlfriend said she had not given him permission to be in the house.
Beasley had a stalking conviction in 2014, records show. After being convicted in 2016 for the 2015 break-in and attack, he was sentenced to 20 years for burglary, 15 years for aggravated assault and five years for stalking. All terms run at the same time, with no possibility of probation or parole. The Department of Corrections website shows his tentative release date is in May 2035.