BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. —
A 48-year-old North Carolina man who admitted getting drunk and nearly killing a woman when he beat her in the head with a walking stick was convicted and sentenced Thursday.
Deputies called early on the morning of July 27, 2017, about a domestic dispute at a home in Candler found a woman lying on a bed in the master bedroom who said Kenneth Dwayne Carter had beaten her.
Deputies called for emergency medical assistance, and as the woman was being taken to the hospital, she lost consciousness. A CT scan determined that the woman had bleeding on her brain from a subdural hematoma.
Deputies who interviewed Carter said he admitted injuring the woman while he was drunk, after he drank eight beers.
A witness confirmed that Carter had hit the woman in the head with a walking stick.
The woman, who has made a nearly complete recovery, was in court for the sentencing.
Carter was sentenced to at least five years in prison, with a maximum of up to seven years. He was also ordered to pay $4,250 in jail fees, more than $1,200 in court costs and to have no contact with the victim.
While in prison Carter is to receive substance abuse treatment, mental health and behavioral modification treatment, job training and will work toward obtaining his GED.