A 31-year-old Hallsville man was found guilty Wednesday and sentenced to 19 years in prison for burglary of a habitation, after a jury trial in the 71st Judicial District Court.
“Tristin Smith was accused of entering a residence on Sam Hall Road, near Hallsville, where he stole multiple televisions, guns, ammunition, a computer and autographed sports memorabilia on April 24, 2017,” Harrison County District Attorney Reid McCain said.
Smith initially was tried March 7, but that case ended in a mistrial after jurors became deadlocked.
McCain said the case had sat idle for months while investigators waited for genetic testing of evidence left at the scene.
“On November 30, 2017, Smith was arrested by (the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office) when they received information from genetic testing that had identified Smith as a suspect,” he said. “Ultimately, a sample of Smith’s DNA was collected and confirmed to match that of the physical evidence.”