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Woman pleads guilty to hitting new husband with Cadillac

082317 Sharon-Salviana Williams



By Beth Velliquette
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A 56-year-old woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to hitting her new husband last year with her Cadillac, and a judge sentenced her to probation and required that she undergo an anger management assessment.

Sharon-Salviana Williams pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. She took an Alford plea, meaning she pleaded guilty because it was in her best interest, but she did not admit guilt. She originally was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Assistant District Attorney Clark Everett told the judge that the incident occurred at 500 Contentnea St. on July 9, 2016. When police arrived, EMS already was on the scene treating 43-year-old James Arness Moore, Williams’ husband of less than a week. A witness who had been with Moore told police that Moore asked his wife if she would give them a ride somewhere, Everett said.

The two men were in the vehicle when she told them to get out, so they got out and started walking away, Everett said. After they got out, the witness said he heard an engine roar behind them, and Williams drove her large Cadillac toward Moore hitting him.

Moore was thrown up on the hood of the Cadillac, and Williams got out and took him off the hood. As he was lying on the ground, she reached down and took $90 from him, according to witnesses, Everett said on Tuesday.

Moore was transported to Vidant Medical Center and was hospitalized for three days.

“He was bad off for a period of time,” Everett said. Moore had lacerations to his head, and he still has headaches and blurred vision, Everett said.

Williams and Moore had known each other several months before marrying, according to Everett

“They had just gotten married that week and things went wrong,” Everett said.

Williams’ attorney, Darren Day, told Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Marvin K. Blount III that Williams didn’t mean to hit her husband. Day said Moore was intoxicated and tried to reach inside the vehicle to get something as Williams drove by him.

Day also told the judge Williams now lives in High Point, where she attends college and maintains a high grade point average. Williams spent 144 days in jail before making bond, he said.

Everett told the judge that when Williams was interviewed she said that after she kicked Moore out of the car, she made a U-turn and didn’t mean to hit him, but she did.

Moore appeared in court as the victim of the crime and sat behind the prosecutor’s table, but he was wearing an orange, jail-issued jumpsuit and was handcuffed. Pitt County Detention Center records indicate that Moore was booked into the jail Friday on two counts of assault on a female for a 2016 incident and for a 2017 incident. He also is charged with communicating threats and common law robbery and is being held under a $15,000 bond.

Blount sentenced Williams to 20 to 33 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections, but he suspended the sentence and placed her on probation for 24 months. She must perform 60 hours of community service, with a minimum of 15 hours per month; have an anger management assessment; and have no contact with Moore during the probation period.

He sentenced her to a split sentence of four months in jail but gave her credit for time served. She spent nearly five months in jail after she was arrested, he noted. She also must pay restitution of $90 for the money she took from Moore and $1,400 in attorney’s fees, he said. 

Contact Beth Velliquette at bvelliquette@reflector.com or 252-329-9566.