A Ravenel man was sentenced to 80 years in prison last week after a jury in Charleston found him guilty of kidnapping a 67-year-old woman and trying to kill her.
Latrone Terrell Butler, 29, was sentenced to the maximum number of years for each guilty charge - attempted murder, carjacking and kidnapping.
On Dec. 5, 2011, Butler kidnapped the woman from oustide her home, forced her into her car and drove her to an isolated spot in rural Charleston County where he tried to kill her by repeatedly trying to break her neck, according to prosecutors. Ninth Circuit Assistant Solicitors Jennifer Shealy and Andrew Evans prosecuted the case. The woman, who was arriving home from teaching a line-dancing class at a senior citizen center, was getting out of her car when Butler approached her, according to prosecutors.
Butler and the woman barely knew each other; the two were familiar with one another only because Butler often visited friends at the mobile home park where she lived, prosecutors said.
The only motive behind the attempt to kill the woman was that Butler wanted her vehicle, and then wanted to get rid of her, according to prosecutors.
Butler drove the woman to a gravel portion of Hyde Park Road, where he repeatedly tried snapping her neck, prosecutors said. Butler took off when an oncoming car interrupted him, prosecutors said.
The woman was left with bruises and abrasions to her neck and chest area, according to prosecutors.
Investigators arrested Butler three days later at a nightclub on Scott White Road, where he had the woman's car, according to prosecutors.
Investigators found Butler's DNA and fingerprints inside the woman's car, along with the clothes he had worn the night of the kidnapping and assault, prosecutors said.
Butler had a previous criminal record, including a conviction of assault and battery with intent to kill and grand larceny, for which he was sentenced to more than five years in prison in 2005. He also was convicted of failure to stop for blue lights in 2005.
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