A woman charged in 2016 with two separate cases of robbing and attempting to kill two McDowell residents was given at least over 13 years in prison in Burke County Superior Court.
Patricia Wellborn Hunley, 58, of Thirtieth Street Place Northwest in Hickory, was found guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and attempted first-degree murder. She was sentenced to 165 to 210 months in prison. She was given credit for 397 days time served. She must pay $6,859.20 restitution to the victim. She must pay court costs.
On Dec. 16, 2016, Burke deputies responded to a mobile home park in the Salem area in reference to a victim who sustained traumatic injuries when he was beaten with a claw hammer.
The suspects, Hunley and 44-year-old Stacy Heatley of Pete Brittain Road in Morganton, fled the mobile home park taking the victim’s truck, phone and wallet, according to Burke authorities in an initial news release.
The victim was identified by family members as Ronald Moody, 72, of Octave Heights in Marion. According to Moody’s sister, Patricia Mace, her brother had gone to Morganton to help the pair move out of the home following an eviction notice. But when Moody arrived at the trailer, he was beaten with a claw hammer, robbed of his wallet and vehicle, and “left for dead,” Mace said.
Moody was rushed to a Charlotte hospital to undergo brain surgery for his traumatic head injuries. Moody has since recovered from his injuries, according to Mace.
In a separate case, Hunley, Heatley and 33-year-old Samantha Jean Moore of Pete Brittain Road in Morganton were charged by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office within the same week after it was reported that the trio allegedly assaulted and robbed Henry Parker of Falling Waters Drive in Old Fort. He was taken to McDowell Hospital for his injuries at the time of the attack.
In March 2017, Heatley pleaded guilty in Burke County Superior Court to one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon; assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury; and attempted murder. He was sentenced to 305 months minimum, 378 months maximum in prison. He was given credit for 89 days time served. In Oct. 2017, Heatley pleaded guilty to his McDowell charges and was sentenced to 240 to 300 months in prison consecutive to his previous judgment.
Hunley and Moore’s next date in McDowell County is Feb. 19.