A Lone Grove woman was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated assault and battery after the Carter County District Attorney’s office upgraded the previously filed misdemeanor assault charge filed April 27.
Sharlet Renee Powell, 39, was originally charged with three misdemeanor counts, one of aggravated assault and battery, one count of malicious injury to property under $1000, and one count of Interference with an emergency phone call.
The charges were modified to charge Powell with a felony count of aggravated assault and battery due to the degree of injury, according to Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd. “We learned that the alleged assault caused a facial fracture,” Ladd said.
According to the information filed in Carter County Court, Powell is charged with an assault on another female on April 26, 2018. The court records allege that Powell struck the other woman in the face numerous times “with force and violence,” which inflicted several injuries, including a facial fracture, loosening of a tooth and a corneal abrasion.
The felony charge of aggravated assault could carry punishment of up to five years in prison, up to one year in county jail, or up to a $500 fine.
The two remaining misdemeanor charges still stand as well. For the count of malicious injury to property, which the court documents allege Powell maliciously destroyed a cellular device belonging to the victim, Powell could face an additional fine of up to $500, imprisonment in the county jail for up to a year or both. The misdemeanor charge of Interference with an emergency call, which the court information alleges Powell interfered with the alleged victim’s attempt to contact emergency services, the punishment could include imprisonment for up to a year and/or a $3000 fine.
The case was initially heard by Carter County District Judge Carson Brooks. Powell was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.