- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Hendersonville man has been convicted of attempted first-degree murder in what the district attorney calls the worst case of domestic abuse in his 25 years of practicing law.

Local media outlets report a jury convicted Leonard Schalow in Henderson County Superior Court on Thursday. He was sentenced to 16 years, 9 months in prison.

District Attorney Greg Newman said Schalow repeatedly abused his wife, Erin Schalow, ?from December 2013 through February 2014, Specifically, Newman said Leonard Schalow punched, kicked, and beat his wife daily, often multiple times a day and with their 10-year-old son in the adjoining room.

Newman’s office said in a news release that when Erin Schalow arrived at work on Feb. 25, 2014, her co-worked described her as “unrecognizable.” She had two black eyes that were severely swollen, a cut lip and ear, and bruises all over her body, according to the district attorney’s office.

Officials say Erin Schalow was admitted to Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville for more than a month for treatment of numerous injuries, including broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and a hematoma that resulted in damaged tissue requiring a skin graft. She was also critically anemic, Newman’s office said, adding that she was hospitalized for more than a month.

Schalow used a large knife and crutch during the assault and also strangled the victim, stopping the flow of blood and air to the brain, according to arrest warrants.

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