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Woman gets 17 years for hitting man with crowbar

October 28, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A woman was ordered to serve 17 years in prison Thursday after a Washington County Circuit jury found her guilty of hitting her sleeping stepfather in the head with a crowbar in May.

Krystal Nicole James, 24, of no fixed address, was ordered by Circuit Judge John H. McDowell to serve 17 years on combined jury convictions for first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and carrying a deadly weapon.

The jury returned its verdict, which included convictions for lesser, merged charges, in about 30 minutes, a Circuit clerk said.

According to charging documents, James used a crowbar to break into her stepfather's East Wilson Boulevard house on May 29 about 5 a.m., about a week after she was asked to leave the residence.

When James was asked to move out, she told her stepfather, William Foster, "she would get even with him," according to charging documents.

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While Foster slept, James went into his bedroom and struck him in the head with a crowbar, leaving a 1-inch gash on the back of his head, according to charging documents. Foster opened his eyes and saw James raising the crowbar to strike him again, so he raised his forearm, which took the second blow, according to charging documents.

Police said in charging documents that Foster sustained a 1-foot cut to his left forearm. After the second blow, James dropped the crowbar and ran out of the house, according to charging documents.

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