Man sentenced for hammer attack

Deqing Chen
Deqing Chen

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - A disgruntled employee who attacked the mother of his former employer with a hammer was convicted Wednesday and sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to the office of Solicitor Isaac McDuffie Stone III.

Deqing Chen, 34, broke into the Burton home of his former employer on June 18 and attacked a 45-year-old woman with a hammer.

Chen had until recently worked as a cook at her son and daughter-in-law's Chinese restaurant. Blood on his pants matched the victim and a receipt in his backpack indicated he had bought a hammer at Walmart about an hour before the attack, according to court documents.

A jury convicted Chen on one count of first-degree burglary and one count of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

The Chen case marked the first time evidence processed by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office DNA lab has been introduced in a trial, according to the solicitor's office.

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