Aiken man pleaded guilty to violent domestic incident, gets 10 years

July 24, 2018

An Aiken man pleaded guilty Monday to multiple charges stemming from a violent domestic incident involving a woman in a vehicle in March 2017.

Russell Dale Lenard, 26, of the 100 block of Sharyn Lane, pleaded guilty to domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, hit and run, failure to stop for police and habitual traffic offender, court records show.

Lenard was originally charged with attempted murder; possession of a stolen vehicle; leaving the scene of an accident; leaving the scene after causing property damage; three counts of reckless driving; three counts of driving under suspension; driving under the influence; and unlawful use of the telephone.

However, those charges were dropped in accordance with his plea deal.

Second Judicial Circuit Judge Doyet A. Early III sentenced Lenard to 10 years in prison on Monday. All of his charges will run concurrent.

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Silver Bluff Road and Herndon Dairy Road on Mar. 10, 2017, in reference to a female lying in the middle of the roadway, according to the incident report.

The 23-year-old victim told investigators the suspect assaulted her while they were driving and wrapped the seatbelt around her throat until she lost consciousness, the report stated.

The victim said she was unsure how she ended up on Silver Bluff Road, but claimed she jumped out of the car and laid in the road, according to the report.

EMS took her to a nearby hospital to be treated for her injuries.

The suspect was also involved in a vehicle collision on Augusta Road later on March 10, according to the incident report.

S.C. Highway Patrol reported the suspect was seen driving in a stolen car by a trooper Monday morning.

The suspect did not stop until he reached S.C. Highway 118 near Willow Run Road, Highway Patrol reported.

He was then arrested and taken to the Aiken County detention center on Mar. 13, 2017, jail records show.

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