A Conover man will spend at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple assault charges and kidnapping during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.
Eric Eugene Sigmon, 43, pleaded guilty to felony first-degree kidnapping, felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and misdemeanor assault on a female and two counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon in the presence of a minor.
The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, sentenced Sigmon, who had no significant prior criminal history, to serve six to eight years in prison for his crimes. That prison term will be served in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The criminal acts came as a result of a domestic situation between the defendant and the victim that occurred March 16-17, 2017. Investigation revealed that Sigmon stomped the victim with his feet, stabbed her in the leg with a knife and strangled her until she lost consciousness.
Additionally, Sigmon also locked the victim in a bedroom and struck her in the head with a gun.
Three children were in the home at the time, and their statements during interviews with the Child Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County were consistent with what the victim told law enforcement. One of the children was struck with a flashlight by the defendant.
The defendant also held a gun to the victim’s head, and hit her with a flashlight and his fists in the presence of at least two of the children.
Stacy Huffman investigated the case for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Jamie Adams handled prosecution for the State.
This press release appears as received from the Office of District Attorney David Learner with the exception of page/text/space/paragraph/general formatting details. Picture placement also excluded. All pictures included with original release may not be shown here. Separate reports contained within the same press release may have also been removed. Additionally, the different pieces of the press release may have been re-arranged. This press release was posted at WSICfm.com after being received from the agency listed. Article title and picture captions may, or may not be, part of the press release. This information does, however, reflect the information received from the Office of District Attorney David Learner.