Jury gives Williamsburg man 32 years for brutal attack on girlfriend

A Williamsburg man convicted of stabbing his girlfriend 16 times earlier this year could spend up to 32 years in prison.

A four-man, eight-woman Whitley Circuit Court jury deliberated for nearly 40 minutes Thursday afternoon before convicting Anthony Spicer, 30. Jurors needed another 50 minutes of deliberations before recommending that Spicer receive a 20-year prison sentence for criminal attempt to commit murder and a 12-year prison sentence for first-degree assault.

The jury recommended that the two sentences be served consecutively, or one after the other, for a total sentence of 32 years in prison.

Circuit Judge Dan Ballou scheduled formal sentencing for Sept. 3.

Spicer's attorney, Jim Wren II, said that his client plans to appeal.

Spicer stabbed his one-time girlfriend, Ashley Warren, 16 times on Feb. 22, 2013, and then led Williamsburg police on a nearly five-hour manhunt.

Spicer's two-day trial started Wednesday morning and concluded Thursday.

"All I could do was scream for help and fight back. I begged him to stop," Warren told jurors Thursday morning noting that Spicer at one point tried to drag her into the woods so no one would hear her scream.

"The last time he stabbed me, it was in the neck. He told me that if he couldn't have me, no one would have me," Warren testified.

Prosecutors rested their case shortly before lunch Thursday.

Then Wren informed the court that against his advice, Spicer decided that he didn't want to take the stand to testify in his own defense and didn't want him to present any proof on his behalf.

Spicer confirmed this for the judge.

"I don't have any thing bad to say about Ashley," he said adding that he didn't want to get on the stand and say bad things about her.