Newberry man convicted of assault, burglary and kidnapping of elderly woman

Anthony Wise

NEWBERRY, SC (WACH) – A Newberry man is heading to prison after being convicted for a 2016 assault and burglary of an elderly neighbor.

Anthony Maurice Wise was sentenced to 22 years in prison by Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo Thursday. Wise was found guilty of first-degree assault and battery, kidnapping and first-degree burglary by a Newberry County jury, according to a release.

Circuit Judge Donald Hocker sentenced Wise to 22 years in prison each on the charges of first-degree burglary and kidnapping and 10 years on the charge of first-degree assault and battery. The sentenced will run concurrently.

The release says that around 6 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2016, Wise went to the home of a 73-year-old neighbor and laid in wait in the seat of her car to come outside. When she opened the door, Wise kicked her in the chest and forced her into the house, where he bound her with duct tape and a telephone cord.

Wise then forced the victim into her car and drove her to an ATM where he demanded money before returning to her home, demanding more money and property.

Wise then fled the scene with the victim’s car, which was later discovered at an old lumber yard on Boyd Crossing Road.

The victim was able to get out of her bindings and call 911 after Wise left the home. The victim suffered a broken collar bone.

“It was reprehensible to see a young punk like Anthony Wise commit such a crime against anyone, especially a defenseless, elderly woman,” Solicitor Stumbo said. “The was a person treats the elderly is an excellent barometer of her or her character and I am glad to see this man will be in prison for a long time.”

Deputy Solicitor Dale Scott and Assistant Solicitor Taylor Daniel handled the case for the state with assistance from 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Investigator Walter Bentley.

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