Woman gets 20 years for assault

Published 5:52 pm Thursday, March 12, 2015

Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan on Tuesday sentenced Bobbie Jean Carroll, 51, to a 20-year split sentence for attacking an Andalusia woman with a baseball bat. Carroll pled guilty to Assault I in December 2014. The split sentence means she will serve five years in prison and have a 15-year probationary period, her defense attorney said.

The night of the attack, police responded to a call concerning an unconscious woman on Smith Street. After being rushed to Andalusia Regional Hospital and transported to Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, the victim underwent brain surgery and was placed into a medically-induced coma. Police initially believed the victim was struck by a car, but when she regained consciousness she told law enforcement that Carroll had struck her multiple times in the head with a baseball bat. After further investigation, officers located witnesses who had seen Carroll two hours before the victim was attacked, driving through the neighborhood taunting the victim. The victim had been at a friend’s house late that afternoon, but minutes after she started home, Carroll, who had been lying in wait, pulled up behind her and attacked her.

Assistant District Attorney Emmett Massey prosecuted. Carroll was represented by William Alverson, III.