A Hickory woman convicted in a Burke County assault and robbery was given at least 10 ½ years on a local assault and robbery that occurred the same month.
Patricia Welborn Hunley, 59, of 13th Street Northwest in Hickory was found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony breaking and entering in McDowell County Superior Court. She was sentenced to 127 to 165 months (or 10 ½ to 13 ¾ years) in prison.
On Dec. 8, 2016, it was reported that a male and two females had entered the home of Henry Parker of Falling Waters Drive in Old Fort, beat him with a sledgehammer and robbed him of his money.
Parker was hospitalized for treatment of head and other injuries.
During the investigation, the suspects involved were later revealed to be Hunley, an acquaintance of the victim; 34-year-old Samantha Jean Moore and 43-year-old Stacy Heatley, both of Pete Brittain Road in Morganton, two of which would be involved in another brutal assault in Burke County.
Within the next week, Burke deputies responded to a mobile home park in the Salem area, where it was reported that 72-year-old Ronald Moody of Marion had suffered traumatic injuries when he was beaten with a claw hammer. Further investigation revealed that Hunley and Heatley had lured Moody to the trailer under the guise of helping them move out of the home, beat him with the hammer, robbed him of his wallet and left him for dead.
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 his sister Patricia Mace.
In the Burke case, Hunley and Heatley were later 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. Hunley was sentenced to 165 to 210 months in prison with 397 days of pretrial credit, while Heatley was sentenced to 305 to 378 months in prison with 89 days of pretrial credit. In Oct. 2017, Heatley pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony breaking or entering in the McDowell case and was sentenced to 240 to 300 months in prison consecutive to his previous judgment.
Last summer, Moore was found guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon for her involvement in the McDowell assault. She was sentenced to 44 to 65 months in prison and given credit for 580 days time served.