Boonsboro man sentenced to 25 years in connection with Noland Village stabbings

March 08, 2012|By DON AINES |
  • Norman Eugene Lyles Jr.
Norman Eugene Lyles Jr.

A Boonsboro man charged with attempted murder for stabbing four people at Noland Village last year pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree assault Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 25 years in state prison.

Norman Eugene Lyles Jr., 25, of 21405 Ruble Road, had been charged in the Sept. 15, 2011, stabbings of a man and two women.

He also pleaded guilty to a second-degree assault count for injuring the mother of one of the victims as she tried to wrest the knife from him.

Leticia West told Judge W. Kennedy Boone III that she came out of  her house that night and saw what she thought was a scuffle between Lyles and her daughter, LeChelle Maiden.

“I was completely unaware he possessed a knife and was attempting to gut my then 17-year-old daughter like a fish,” West said before Lyles was sentenced.

Her daughter spent 10 days in the hospital for injuries that included a stab wound to the chest that collapsed a lung, West said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Flores told Boone that Lyles inflicted a total of 18 knife wounds on Maiden, Jeremiah Thomas and Nikia Hall. West had cuts to her hands, according to the charging documents.

A woman accused of being with Lyles at the time of the incident, Alexandria Spencer, 30, is scheduled for a jury trial on related charges on April 23, court records said.

Spencer, who at the time lived at the same address as Lyles, was also charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, the records said.

Lyles and Spencer had gone to Noland Village because Spencer suspected Lyles of infidelity and were seeking out the other woman, Flores said, reading from the statement of facts.

The couple did not encounter the woman, but an altercation broke out outside West’s house, Flores said.

Lyles and Spencer fled the scene and were later taken into custody at the Ruble Road address. Maiden picked Lyles as her assailant from a photographic lineup, the charging document said.

Boone’s sentence included a 25-year suspended sentence on top of Lyles’ 25 years in prison.

As part of the plea agreement, three attempted second-degree murder charges were dismissed, along with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment charges, court records said.

Lyles’ previous criminal convictions included drug and firearms offenses, Flores told Boone.

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