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Man sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for knife attack

POSTED: August 13, 2014 8:11 p.m.

A Gainesville man was sentenced Tuesday to serve 10 years in prison in connection with an October 2012 knife attack.

Derek Alan Norton, 38, will serve 10 years in prison with 10 years of probation to follow in relation to an Oct. 25, 2012, attack on Heather Richardson, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

Judge Kathlene Gosselin handed down a 20-year sentence for attempted murder, five consecutive years of probation for possession of a knife in the commission of a crime and 12 months to serve for third-degree child cruelty. Half of the attempted murder sentence will be in prison, and the other 10 years will be on probation.

The child cruelty charge, a misdemeanor, will be served concurrently with the 10 years of incarceration for the attempted murder charge.

Norton was convicted on July 17 for the attack on Richardson at a Wills Street address, according to Darragh.

The maximum possible sentence on each count was 30 years to serve for attempted murder, 20 years to serve for aggravated assault, and five years consecutive for the possession of knife charge.

A Gainesville man was sentenced Tuesday to serve 10 years in prison in connection with an October 2012 knife attack.

Derek Alan Norton, 38, will serve 10 years in prison with 15 years of probation to follow in relation to an Oct. 25, 2012, attack on Heather Richardson, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

Judge Kathlene Gosselin handed down a 20-year sentence for attempted murder, five consecutive years of probation for possession of a knife in the commission of a crime and 12 months to serve for third-degree child cruelty. Half of the attempted murder sentence will be in prison, and the other 10 years will be on probation.

The child cruelty charge, a misdemeanor, will be served concurrently with the 10 years of incarceration for the attempted murder charge.

Norton was convicted on July 17 for the attack on Richardson at a Wills Street address, according to Darragh.

The maximum possible sentence on each count was 30 years to serve for attempted murder, 20 years to serve for aggravated assault, and five years consecutive for the possession of knife charge.



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