Charleston man sentenced for home invasion, burglary, assualting woman with crowbar

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – A Charleston man has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison after he was found guilty of breaking into a woman’s home and beating her with a crowbar. Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Charles Miller announced that Russell Ray Slater, 43, of Charleston, W.Va., was sentenced by Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Joanna Tabit to:

  • 100 years for 1st Degree Robbery
  • 1-15 years for burglary
  • 2-10 years for Assault During the Commission of a Felony
  • 10 years for Use or Presentment of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
  • 1 year for Possession of a firearm by a Prohibited Person.

All sentences will run consecutively. Slater was found guilty by a jury on April 30th, 2019, of:

  • Burglary by Breaking and Entering
  • First Degree Robbery
  • Assault during the Commission of a Felony
  • Use or Presentment of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. 

According to Charleston Police, on April 29th, 2019, Slater forcefully entered the home and attacked a woman with a crowbar, before stealing a loaded gun and running. The victim is a woman in her sixties and suffered multiple broken bones in her face and a broken arm. The attack happened soon after the woman’s husband left for church.

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