Just before jury selection began in the trial of Michael Claude Maxwell, 47, he pled guilty to several charges connected to assaults of women in Columbia and Richmond counties as part of an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, according to Assistant District Attorney Grant Usry.
The incidents included a third in Edgefield County on July 23, 2010.
Maxwell pled guilty to kidnapping and aggravated assault for the Columbia County incident in which he assaulted and attempted to kidnap a woman from her Evans driveway. He also pled guilty to criminal attempt to commit kidnapping with bodily injury, criminal attempt to commit robbery and aggravated assault for attacking a woman in the Augusta Mall parking lot.
Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced Maxwell to 90 years with the first 20 to be served in prison without the possibility of parole, according to Usry.
Maxwell also faces the possibility of life in prison in South Carolina for criminal attempt to commit murder, kidnapping and breaking and entering with bodily injury, Usry said. He’s accused of breaking into a home, beating a man and kidnapping his wife.