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Man accused of attacking women in three counties sentenced

Posted: March 5, 2013 - 4:46pm  |  Updated: March 5, 2013 - 6:30pm
Michael Claude Maxwell, 47, of Appling, was sentenced to prison Monday after pleading guilty to charges connected to attacking women in 2010.    Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Michael Claude Maxwell, 47, of Appling, was sentenced to prison Monday after pleading guilty to charges connected to attacking women in 2010.

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An Appling man accused of attacking women in three counties in 2010 was sentenced to prison Monday,

Just before jury selection began in the trial of Michael Claude Maxwell, 47, he pled guilty to several charges connected to assaults of women in Columbia and Richmond as part of a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office, according to Assistant District Attorney Grant Usry.

The incidents including a third in Edgefield County happened on July 23, 2010.

Maxwell pled guilty to kidnapping and aggravated assault for Columbia County incident where he assaulted and attempted to kidnap a woman from her Evans driveway. He also pled guilty to criminal attempt to commit kidnapping with bodily injury, criminal attempt to commit robbery and aggravated assault for attacking a woman in the Augusta Mall parking lot.

Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced Maxwell to 90 years with the first 20 to be served in prison without the possibility of parole, according to Usry.

Maxwell also faces the possibility of life in prison in South Carolina for criminal attempt to commit murder, kidnapping, and breaking and entering with bodily injury. Usry said. He’s accused of breaking into a home, beating a man and kidnapping his wife.

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