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Norton man could face up to 50 years after pleading guilty to attempted murder, other charges

Staff report • Sep 4, 2019 at 8:30 AM

WISE — A Norton man pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a 2018 attempted murder case.

Jonathan Eric Smith, 39, was convicted in Wise County and Norton Circuit Court of felony charges of malicious wounding, attempted first-degree murder, abduction, stabbing in the commission of a felony, assault and battery of a family or household member, and assault and battery of emergency medical personnel.

According to Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp III, Norton police officers on Aug. 28, 2018 were dispatched to a residence where they found a woman covered in blood and yelling for help.

Smith was inside the home holding a serrated knife, Slemp said, and refused to drop the weapon before fighting with police and emergency medical personnel. Smith was pepper-sprayed and arrested. The victim survived the attack.

Smith, who remains in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield, faces a Nov. 26 sentencing hearing in Circuit Court. Slemp said Smith could receive a maximum 50 year prison sentence.

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