Robert Latham who was found guilty back in December of 2013 of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after stabbing a young woman in October of 2012, temporarily paralyzing her.
Latham decided he wished to be sentenced by a judge and a pre-sentencing investigation was launched.
Thursday, the judge sentenced Latham to life in prison, reminding Latham that he already had a violent criminal past.
The judge specifically mentioned multiple prior offenses committed by Latham: three, (including this one) involved a weapon, five involved violence, four involved drug abuse, 2 involved not cooperating with police, one for criminal trespass, one for evading arrest and one for theft.
Latham, when asked if he had anything to say, expressed that he felt he did not receive a fair trial.
The victim, who also testified Thursday during the sentencing hearing, was also asked if she would like to speak after hearing Latham’s response following the reading of his sentence. She said it grieved her that the only regret he showed was that he felt he did not receive a fair trial, rather than expressing any remorse.
Robert Latham was found guilty Thursday evening of stabbing and temporarily paralyzing a young woman back in October of 2012.
The judge has ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and will appear before the judge in approximately 30-45 days for sentencing.
The defense rested Thursday morning in the trial of Robert Latham, the man accused of stabbing and temporarily paralyzing a young woman back in October of 2012.
The closing arguments are expected to start around 1:15 p.m. Thursday.
We will update this story as the trial continues.
12/17/13 Original Story
An Abilene man is on trial charged with aggravated assault after police say he stabbed a woman back in 2012.
Robert Latham was arrested on October 30 after allegedly stabbing a young woman the day prior at a garage apartment on the 1000 block of Matador while she was hanging out with friends.
The woman received surgery for her wounds and, though she was confined to a wheel chair for a time following the incident, she is now walking.
She took the stand Tuesday in Latham's trial and said after she was stabbed, she realized she needed to change her life.
Testimony continues Wednesday.