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Jimmy Lee Randolph
Courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff's Office

Man Released From Prison Earlier This Year Charged In Connection To Friday Assault In Catawba County

74-year-old Jimmy Lee Randolph of County Home Road in Conover was arrested Saturday (September 23) on charges filed by multiple agencies. He’s charged by the Conover Police Department with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office charged Randolph with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Randolph was released from prison earlier this year after serving more than 30 years.

According to police reports, three people, an adult couple along with a three-year-old child, were hospitalized after being attacked with a knife. The incident occurred at a location on County Home Road shortly after 10 p.m. Friday (September 22). The victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the assault.

According to online records, Randolph was released from prison in March of this year. He was in prison as a result of a conviction on a charge of first-degree murder in Washington County, N.C. in 1990. The conviction was in connection to the murder of Lynette Woods on February 27, 1990.

Online reports with information about the case show that the defendant and the victim had lived together and the defendant was the father of the victim’s three-month-old child. Following that conviction, Randolph was given a life sentence. According to the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction Offender Public Information website, after serving nearly 33 years in prison, Randolph was released on parole on March 14.

Following Saturday’s arrest, Randolph was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $53,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (September 26). A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 16.

[Some information in this story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]