GAINESVILLE - A Gainesville man was convicted of attempted murder and other charges this afternoon relating to a 2012 knife attack.<br />
Derek Alan Norton, 38, was convicted of attempted murder, aggravated assault , possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and cruelty to a child in the third degree, according to an email statement from District Attorney Lee Darragh.<br />
"[The charges were] in relation to an attack upon Heather Richardson, on October 25, 2012 at a Wills Street address," said Darragh.<br />
The trial began Monday. "A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date," said Darragh.<br />
Darragh said in the statement that the maximum possible sentences for his crimes are as follows: 30 years for attempted murder, 20 years for aggravated assault, five years consecutively for possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. Cruelty to a child in the third degree is a misdemeanor.<br />
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has released statistics on boating incidents for the Memorial Day Weekend and the Gainesville area has seen the most Boating Under the Influence incidents of any major waterway in the state.