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Man Sentenced for Wal-Mart Parking Lot Attack
DAYTON -- Dionte English, 25, was sentenced today to eight years in prison for the assault of Dora Hemp, 52, who was helping her grandchild out of the car April 7 at Walmart.
English also was ordered by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Michael L. Tucker to pay $3,359 in restitution and be under five years of post-release control following his prison sentence.
He was credited with 107 days already served in jail.
Even though 52 year old Dora Hemp wasn't in court, Dionte English still had to listened to her letter to the judge asking for the maximum 11 year sentence.
"I get painful unbearable headaches. I get week while walking and fall for no reason I'm scared to leave my house anymore. I can't really go anywhere alone without being with someone. I had to have face surgery. I have metal plates in my face. One whole side of my face is numb.
"I cry all the time. My life is not miserable. I have nightmares. I'm a nice person and I do not understand why he would do this to. It makes me wonder why a person would be so evil. They would beat an older person like me in front of their grandchild.
"You beat me almost to death. I have to spend the rest of my life suffering. If those guys had not shown up he would've killed me and probably done something bad to my three-year-old granddaughter."
According to Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr., English came up from behind and demanded the woman's purse. She refused and he punched her in the face multiple times. Heck said the woman fell to the ground, where English continued attacking her.
The woman sustained serious injuries, including broken facial bones and a possible loss of vision in one eye.
"First and foremost I just want to sincerely apologize to the victim. I want them to know I never in a million years would have done what I done if I was not under the influence," said English in court. "I know that is not an excuse and I stand in front of you now taking responsibility for my actions. I know I did my wrongs."
English beat Hemp so badly, doctors had to implant two metal plates in her face.
Her neighbors say they were shocked to see how badly she was beaten. Pictures are to gruesome to even show you on TV. They say since the accident they rarely see her.
"She used to leave a lot and I haven't seen her leave out a lot," said neighbor Roberta Green. "She's going to be scarred for a long time. She's going to be scared to go anywhere."
"I am sincerely sorry," said English. "That person is not me. I don't have any felony records I have never had an issue with violence. I honestly made a horrible mistake. If given the opportunity I sure you I will prove myself Your Honor."
"You are right. Your past records is not indicative of this conduct," said Judge Tucker.
"That person is not who I am Your Honor I'm being sincere it's not me," said English.
Because English's only prior record was a misdemeanor resisting arrest offense, Judge Tucker did not give him the max.
"You did commit a horrible offense and the consequences of that are devastating to the victim and I have to balance that with a past record that is not significant," said Tucker. "I'm going to sentence you to eight years."
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