Shawn Butler Fires Back at Sheriff, Says There Was No Trespassing and His Facebook Party Plans Were Righteous
Shawn and Dashawn Butler, the 19-year-old entrepreneurs arrested recently for criminal trespassing with no little fanfare for what Harris County deputies say was an unsanctioned attempt to put on a party on someone else's property in Huffman, say the allegations against them are bogus.
In a story so bizarre that it has the ring of truth because who could make this stuff up, Shawn told Hair Balls that he and his twin had an agreement with the owner of the property to put on the party in exchange for $150.
And that their negotiator in this deal was a 15-year-old friend of theirs who was also a friend of the owner's family. And that the whole thing started with a Craigslist ad offering the property for sale.
Also according to Shawn:
And his twin Dashawn
-- They had the agreement of the property owner to cut the lock on the fence on his property because it wasn't supposed to be there. In fact, he told them to use bolt cutters.
-- They had already had a party on that property a few weeks before and because they had done such a good job cleaning up and there had been no trouble, they were allowed back.
-- It was Shawn's idea, not the Harris County Sheriff's Office's, for him to post on Facebook warning potential partygoers away once they'd been arrested and the second party was going to be shut down. The SO wanted to arrest everyone who showed up. Shawn argued that the "smart" people who checked in on Facebook should be warned and then the deputies could just arrest the "ignorant" ones who didn't read his Facebook page.
-- The "No trespassing" signs that Channel 2 and other TV stations pointed out in their subsequent broadcasts as proof the Butler boys had no business there, had been placed there by Shawn and Dashawn and their ground crew.
"I live an hour away from the party. The officers assume I just randomly found a piece of land in Huffman and just randomly went up -- which is not what happened," said Shawn, a community college student who hails from Pearland.