- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A judge has released a man who served nearly 20 years in prison for the assault of a pregnant woman in a Winston-Salem store in 1995.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2fDkyOT) Kalvin Michael Smith was released Wednesday after a hearing in Forsyth County court.

The 45-year-old Smith had served nearly 20 years for assaulting Jill Marker, who worked at the former Silk Plant Forest store, in 1995, leaving her with severe brain injuries. She gave birth to a son while in a coma and lives in Ohio under 24-hour care.

Attorney Walter Holton argued in a motion that Smith should be released because Smith’s trial attorney didn’t present evidence that could have led to a shorter sentence.

He was originally sentenced to up to 29 years in prison.


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