Charleston man sentenced for 2013 assault and battery

Charleston man sentenced for 2013 assault and battery

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A Charleston man who authorities say "viciously and without provocation slit a man's throat" in 2013 went to trial earlier this week.

Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson announced in a press release that a Charleston County jury found David Alan White of Charleston County guilty of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

The press release goes on to state that on the day before Thanksgiving 2013, victim Joseph Johnson was spending time at a friend's house on Hillandale Road in North Charleston.

Authorities say David White, another guest at the home, then slit Johnson's throat without being provoked.

The victim suffered a severe injury and a great loss of blood, which required surgical intervention.

"This Defendant sliced another man's throat, almost costing him his life. That kind of behavior clearly shows an indifference to human life, and we are pleased that the jury saw this assault for what it was" said Assistant Solicitor Newman.

The jury returned its verdict Thursday morning.

Upon conviction, White was sentenced to ten years on the assault charge and five years on the weapon charge to be served consecutively.

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