A Gaston County woman will spend six to nine years in prison after she pleaded guilty to assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday.
Between the night of May 4 and early hours of May 5, 25-year-old Katlyn Danielle Hendricks of Belmont used an 18-inch-long blade to cut the neck of the 30-year-old female victim after they began arguing. The victim suffered a 2-inch laceration and another of more than 3 inches, according to a press release from the 36th district attorney’s office.
The release said both Hendricks and the victim used drugs before the disagreement. Hendricks was also on probation for drug offenses in Cleveland County at the time of the assault.
Hendricks told investigators when she gave a knife to the victim to defend herself, she told the victim she was going to kill her. Hendricks did not give a definitive reason for the attack in her interview or in court, according to the release.
The victim fled from Hendricks and sought medical attention at a nearby home. Investigators found the victim at the home and found Hendricks in a vehicle nearby, according to the release.
Taylor Stout led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Sean Baetjer prosecuted the case for the State. Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed Hendricks’ sentence.