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Hamlett guilty of attempted murder of wife / February 04, 2019

A South Boston man was found guilty on Thursday of attempted murder and multiple other charges stemming from a November 2017 assault of his estranged wife that has left the woman with permanent injuries. “Only by the grace of God and her sheer force of will did she survive,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin.

The defendant, Antone Lemont Hamlett, was declared guilty by Judge Kimberley S. White following a bench trial in Halifax County Circuit Court. Hamlett is scheduled to be sentenced in April.

The victim was Susan Yeatts Hamlett, who was attacked by Hamlett after he broke into her home on Nov. 14, 2017. The couple was separated at the time; after the break-in, Hamlett assaulted his wife and forced her from her home still in her bedclothes. He led her through nearby woods and into a field, where he stabbed her in the abdomen as she cried out for help.

When her husband tried to stab her a second time, Susan Hamlett grabbed the knife and suffered a devastating laceration to her hand, said Martin. He then forced her back into his car and drove around Halifax and Pittsylvania counties as she bled profusely, eventually passing out from blood loss.

When the car ran out of gas, the victim was able to run away and find help. She was found by a Pittsylvania County deputy who rushed her to the hospital for treatment. Susan Hamlett remained hospitalized for several days recovering from her injuries.

Antone Hamlett eluded capture by authorities for several months before he was arrested in Feb. 4, 2018 at the Hilltop Motel in South Boston.

He was convicted Thursday of attempted murder and additional counts of aggravated malicious wounding, felony abduction, armed burglary with intent to commit murder, and misdemeanor charges of destruction of property, stalking, assault and battery and obstructing a law enforcement summons.

“We commend the joint effort of law enforcement across Pittsylvania and Halifax counties for the efforts in investigating this matter, and their support of the victim of this horrific event,” said Martin of the case. Of the victim of the assault, she added, “In this office, our hearts go out to her, not only for the pain and terror she endured, but for the bravery she has shown throughout this process.”

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