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Keith charged for alleged Halloween hammer attack
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A woman who reportedly attacked a man with a hammer after a Halloween party last year has been bound to the grand jury on felony assault charges.
The suspect, Donna Lynn Keith, 56, could face three to six years in prison if she is convicted on charges of aggravated assault for allegedly smashing James Raymond in the head with a hammer and then trying to attack April Pemerton, who was with him at the time.
According to Raymond’s version of events, he and Pemerton were returning home from a Halloween party around 3 a.m. when they were met by Keith who was brandishing a hammer.
“I am going to kill you,” she allegedly told him as she came at him with the hammer in her hand.
She reportedly landed a blow with the hammer on the right side of his head, knocking him to the ground. That’s when she allegedly turned her attention to Pemerton with the help of Pemerton’s own sister, Brittany Pemerton.
“She headed toward April with the hammer drawn back,” Raymond recalled, noting the victim’s sister was holding her down.
Raymond said he was able to get back up and prevent Keith hitting her with the hammer. However, before he could call 911, Keith allegedly snatched his cellphone off his belt and smashed it with the hammer.
The two were able to get away from the assault. The suspects were subsequently arrested although the motive for the attack has not been revealed other than it may have grown out of an earlier confrontation between Raymond and Keith.
Brittany Pemerton entered a guilty plea to the charge of assault this past week for her part in the attack and was given an 11-month, 29-day judicial diversion. She was also directed to undergo anger management.