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Death Row Information

Offender Information

Picture of Offender Name Tommy Lynn Sells
TDCJ Number 999367
Date of Birth 6/28/1964
Date Received 11/8/2000
Age (when Received) 36
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 8
Date of Offense 12/31/1999
  Age (at the time of Offense) 35
  County Val Verde
  Race White
  Gender Male
  Hair Color Brown
  Height 5 ft 9 in
  Weight 195
  Eye Color Hazel
  Native County Alameda
  Native State California

Prior Occupation
barber, mechanic, laborer

Prior Prison Record
Missouri Department of Corrections on a 2 year sentence for felony theft. Confined 8 months and released on parole on 12/18/1985. Returned as a parole violator with a new conviction of driving under the influence. Confined 16 months and discharged. Wyoming Department of Corrections on a 2 year sentence for vehicle theft. Confined 16 months and discharged. Wyoming Department of Corrections on a 2-10 years sentence for malicious wounding. Released on parole.

Summary of Incident
On 12/31/1999, Sells entered a Del Rio residence occupied by a 13 year old white female and a 10 year old white female. Sells entered the residence with intent to sexually assault the 13 year old. Sells slashed her throat and stabbed her multiple times, resulting in her death. Sells then slashed the throat of the 10 year old. The 10 year old survived the attack.

Co-Defendants
None

Race and Gender of Victim
white female