A man convicted in the brutal attack on a woman in the Broomtown Community in April of 2012 will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
On May the 8th of this year, Charles Clayton Todd was found guilty of Attempted Murder, Robbery 1st Degree and Attempted Arson 1st Degree.
It took the jury just 40 minutes to reach a verdict.
Todd was indicted by a Cherokee County grand jury on April 25th of 2012 on those charges after being accused of breaking into the home of Carol Lowry on April 19th, and assaulting her with a deadly weapon, stealing property – and then, setting her bed on fire, prior to fleeing the home; fortunately the victim was able to beat out the flames before they spread – then managed to dial 9-1-1 and ask for help.
Law enforcement and emergency personnel quickly responded to the scene where they found the victim suffering serious injuries; she was immediately taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Todd was captured several hours later, at around 11:00 that night in a heavily wooded area off of County Road 60.
Todd’s victim has, for the most part, recovered from the attack.
On Friday, the state asked for life without the possibility of parole in accordance with the Habitual Felony Offender Act.
The state says Todd has 7 prior felony convictions.
Judge Jeremy Taylor sentenced Todd to life without parole on the attempted murder and 1st degree robbery charges and life on the 1st degree attempted arson conviction.
Those sentences will run concurrently.
Todd’s attorney notified the court of his intent to appeal.
When asked if he had anything to say prior to sentencing, Todd said “No.”
To read the press release from Cherokee County District Attorney Mike O’Dell click: