Jeffery Lee Martin, 43, whose last known address was Bowling Green, Ky., pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and three burglaries that occurred during a crime spree in the wee hours of Feb. 20, 2010.
Evelyn Joyce Lovin, 77, was at home in the 900 block of Norwood Drive in LaGrange when Martin broke in, hit her repeatedly with an unknown object, causing facial fractures and head injuries.
“(Lovin) had to have several surgeries,” police detective Capt. Dale Strickland said after Martin’s grand jury indictment last summer.
About 15 minutes before assaulting Lovin in her residence, Martin broke a window and tried to enter a home on Camellia Drive, but an audible alarm sounded and the homeowner called 911.
A police canine unit tracked Martin some 1,000 yards away through a lightly wooded pasture area to Lovin’s residence. The officer heard Lovin’s screams for help and entered through the front door while Martin escaped out the back door.
Officers searched the area with two police dogs and were assisted by a helicopter from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department before capturing Martin on the railroad tracks near Miller Street.
Martin also pleaded guilty to a burglary at a North Street residence on Feb. 19, 2010, and was sentenced to 20 years to serve concurrently with the aggravated assault charge. He was sentenced by Judge Baldwin Quillian in Troup Superior Court.
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