Lenoir Man Sentenced to 18-22 Years for Attempted Murder

A Lenoir man was issued a prison sentence of 18 to 22 years for the 2016 stabbings of his 2-year-old son and the child’s mother.

William Henry Pitts, 46, of Lenoir, was given the active term of incarceration by the Honorable James W. Morgan, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday, September 23, 2019.

Pitts entered guilty pleas to charges of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

He will serve his prison sentence in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

The assaults occurred on March 2, 2016, stemming from a domestic dispute when the defendant stabbed an adult female victim and the toddler.

Pitts and the mother of the child had been arguing throughout the day when he physically assaulted her.

The mother and child both recovered from their injuries. Unfortunately, the mother later died in an unrelated car crash.

Chris Everhart led the investigation for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Shelly Hartley. Nancy Lee prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

CONTACT: Nathan Key
Phone: 828-695-6193
Email: Nathan.D.Key@nccourts.org