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Man gets 26 years in vicious attack on wife / April 08, 2019
A South Boston man will spend 26 years behind bars for the attempted murder, malicious wounding and abduction of his estranged wife, leaving the woman with permanent injuries from the attack.

Antone Lamont Hamlett, 36, was found guilty in January of ten charges stemming from the Nov. 14, 2017 knifing and kidnapping of his wife, Susan Yeatts Hamlett, who was living apart and separated from her husband when the incident took place.

On Thursday, Hamlett was sentenced to 25 years active prison time on six felony charges and another 12 months in jail on a misdemeanor charge of stalking.

Circuit Judge Kimberley S. White suspended all time on three other misdemeanor charges and reduced Hamlett’s time on the six felony counts from 90 years to 25 years, while ordering Hamlett to undergo three years’ supervised probation after he gets out of prison.

“Only by the grace of God and her sheer force of will did she survive,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin of Susan Hamlett, who was beaten by her husband inside her home, forced outside into nearby woods and stabbed in the abdomen as she cried out for help, according to the facts presented at trial.

When her husband tried to stab her a second time, Susan Hamlett grabbed the knife and suffered a devastating laceration to her hand, Martin said in recounting the events of that evening. 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. Still dressed in the bed clothes she was wearing when her estranged husband broke into her home, Susan Hamlett was located by a Pittsylvania County deputy who rushed her to the hospital for treatment. She 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.

On Thursday, White sentenced Hamlett to 20 years on each of three felony charges — two for malicious assault, and one for burglary — and suspended 15 years on each charge, for a cumulative active sentence of 15 years. She also handed down separate 10-year sentences on three other counts — of attempted first degree murder and two charges of abduction by force — with all but 10 years suspended, for a cumulative prison term of 25 years.

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