Patterson at court

Xavier Patterson enters the courtroom for the first day of his trial on Jan. 23 at the Denton County Courts Building.

The punishment portion in the trial of Xavier Patterson, who was found guilty of murdering his children’s mother in 2020, began Monday and indicated that past convictions could enhance his sentence.

Patterson was previously convicted of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, a third-degree felony, in 2015. Though he originally received probation that would have prevented the conviction from appearing on his permanent record, he didn’t successfully complete probation. He was sentenced again for the felony and served two years in state prison.

Xavier Patterson

Xavier Patterson

BROOKE COLOMBO can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @brookecolombo.

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