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Man pleads guilty in case where Inwood woman was struck with hammer, robbed

John Kenneth Walters is expected to be sentenced March 18 on counts of first-degree robbery, burglary and malicious assault

January 08, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man accused of breaking into a woman’s home, striking her in the head with a hammer and robbing her in January 2012 pleaded guilty Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to three felony charges in connection with the case.

John Kenneth Walters, 49, is expected to be sentenced March 18 on counts of first-degree robbery, burglary and malicious assault, according to court documents and Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones.

Counts of attempted murder, domestic battery and assault during the commission of a felony were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, according to Jones.

Walters was taken into custody upon entering the plea Monday, Jones said.

Jones said Walters knew the victim and that they had been co-workers at one time.

The victim told police she was awoken on Jan. 14, 2012, by the sound of someone in her home near Inwood, W.Va., at about 6:30 a.m., and called 911, according to court documents.

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Police noticed that a basement window of the woman’s home appeared to be pried home and the screen was cut when they arrived to investigate, according to court documents.

Jones said the woman received a “severe” cut in her head that required stitches in the bedroom attack.

The defendant grabbed a hammer from a toolbox that was in the victim’s room, walked over and struck her with it, according to court documents.

She told police that she believed she passed out for a couple seconds due to the blow to the head, according to court documents.

The woman told police that the defendant told her he wanted money and she gave him $700 to $800 and asked him not to hurt her, according to court documents.

“Mr. Walters took the money and ran out of the house,” Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael P. St. Clair said in a complaint against the defendant.

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