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Decatur man gets 12-month conditional discharge in hammer attack case

Decatur man gets 12-month conditional discharge in hammer attack case


DECATUR — Roy M. Wilks, a Decatur man originally charged with fracturing a woman’s skull with a hammer, was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated battery.

A Macon County Circuit Court jury trial had been scheduled for Monday but Wilks, represented previously by public defender Michelle Sanders and on the day by public defender Caleb Brown, switched his plea. It was part of a plea deal that saw a second aggravated battery charge dropped.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke, speaking Wednesday, said prosecutors were left with little maneuvering room to aggressively pursue the case after the victim, aged 24 at the time of the 2017 attack, suddenly said she could not remember anything. The woman also did not cooperate with or keep appointments with the prosecutor’s office prior to the court hearing.

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“She missed every appointment they tried to schedule with her and then we got her served with a subpoena,” said Kroncke. “She showed up and said she couldn’t remember what happened and denied being hit with a hammer.”

There had been one other witness who had confirmed the details of the attack but Kroncke said this woman couldn’t be found, either.

In talking to Decatur police at the time, however, a sworn affidavit from Officer Hannah Millington said the woman described being attacked around 1:15 a.m after she found Wilks puncturing her car tires.

She said Wilks, now 58, was angry with her because she refused to date him and had described him hitting her in the face twice with the hammer before she collapsed unconscious to the street. She was treated in hospital for a fractured eye socket.

In addition to the conditional discharge, Wilks was sentenced to 20 days in the Macon County Jail, but with credit for 20 days served previously.

2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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