Man, 23, gets 14 years in prison for assaulting North Charleston officer, possessing marijuana

Julius Quintez Manigault (CANNON DETENTION CENTER/PROVIDED)

A 23-year-old man was convicted and sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison for having drugs in his car and attacking a North Charleston police officer during a 2013 traffic stop.

A jury found Julius Quintez Manigault guilty of assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest and third-offense possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to a statement from the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

James Greenawalt, a K-9 handler for the North Charleston Police Department, stopped Manigault on Oct. 16, 2013, for speeding and nearly hitting a bicyclist. But when Greenawalt tried to arrest him for driving with a suspended license, Manigault slammed the officer against the car and sliced his hand with the handcuffs.

Officers later found 11 small bags of marijuana in the car, two in Manigault's sock and some digital scales.

Assistant Solicitors Kelley Young and Jenna Newman prosecuted Manigault, whose assistant public defender was Cantrell Frayer.

Judge Lawton McIntosh sentenced him to nine years behind bars on the assault count and five years in prison and five on probation for the drug charge.

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