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Cecilia man sentenced for assaulting his mom

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Haynes pleaded guilty to dragging mother by her hair

By Sarah Bennett

A Cecilia man accused of dragging his 74-year-old mother by her hair and threatening to kill her pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

Dwayne C. Haynes, 49, was indicted in September on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, tampering with a witness, intimidating a witness and first-degree persistent felony offense.

Prosecutors offered to dismiss Haynes’ persistent felony-offender status, but the defendant pleaded guilty to the remaining charges.

Officials with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office said the events began during the late hours of Aug. 12 when Haynes kicked in the door to his mother’s residence on South Grandview Church Road in Cecilia.

The altercation then played out into the early morning of the following day, police said.

According to the indictment, Haynes “intentionally caused serious physical injury” to his mother by repeatedly striking her and pulling the woman by her hair across a set of stairs. He then restrained his mother while threatening her with a knife.

According to a citation, Haynes held his mother for six hours without allowing her to leave or call anyone until he left the residence.

According to the sheriff’s office, the woman sustained several bruises and lacerations and a broken toe because of the beating.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office recommended 10 years for the assault charge and five years each for the remaining three offenses. All are to be served concurrently for a 10-year sentence.

Because Haynes waived a pre-sentence investigation, Judge Kelly Mark Easton went forward with formal sentencing Tuesday.

Eastonreferred to the allegations as “very serious and disturbing.”

“Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured,” the judge said.

Haynes’ attorney, public defender David Stewart, requested the defendant be referred to the state’s Substance Abuse Program. According to the defense, drug addiction was the “root” of the incident.

When asked by the judge about his drug of choice, Haynes said he began using methamphetamine about three or four months before the altercation with his mother occurred.

He will reach parole eligibility after serving 20 percent of his 10-year sentence.

Haynes has been in custody since Aug. 13 when he was lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.