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 />
Scientists are fine-tuning what they know about rivers and marshes flushed with saltwater by ocean tides so they can better predict how rising sea levels will reshape the Georgia coast over the next century.
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) will host a series of public forums between now and Sept. 30 in order to collect public input on its next strategic plan, including one in Gainesville.