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Probation revoked for man who stabbed girlfriend

Woman was pregnant during assault; altercation recalled in tearful testimony

By Garren Shipley -- gshipley@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A West Virginia man who stabbed his pregnant girlfriend in the eye, face and back with an ice pick 23 times will be spending more time in a Virginia prison.

Charles William Newman III, 32, of Martinsburg, W.Va., had his probation revoked by a Frederick County Circuit Court on Wednesday for stabbing Tina Butts, also of Martinsburg, during an altercation in 2004.

Newman was nearly done with 10 years of probation for three other malicious wounding convictions from 1995 when he stabbed Butts and her daughter.

He was also sentenced to 16 years in prison, but only had to serve eight provided he didn't violate his terms of probation for 10 years.

Newman's stabbing conviction from West Virginia is more than enough to cancel his probation and send him back to prison, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Todd Gilbert argued.

"Most of the people we deal with here are either drunk, high or stupid -- one of three," Gilbert said, while Newman had none of those excuses for his actions.

"Mr. Newman is just a bad guy who belongs in a prison cell for as long as the court can keep him there," he said.

Butts choked back tears as she told the court what happened that day in 2004.

Butts had been dating Newman for some time and was pregnant with his child, she said.

Newman remained unemployed and showed no interest in providing for the baby, she said. She tried to spur him into being more productive with a threat.

"I said if he was going to be like that, I'd just go ahead and get an abortion," she said.

Sometime later, Newman came by her house, saying he wanted to talk to her about something. When she declined to follow him into a back room, he came into the living room and attacked her while she was sitting on the couch with her two other children.

"He put his knee in my chest and he stabbed me," she said, sobbing.

The attack left her with nerve damage in her face and back.

One of the two young children on the couch rose to her defense, but "he cut her with the ice pick," Butts added.

Newman added insult to injury by sending Butts a card from jail that contained a picture of her while she was in the hospital recovering from her injuries.

"That's how you get [expletive] up, bitch," Gilbert said, reading a note Newman had written on the photo.

Newman took the stand and defended the taunting photo, saying he was angry that Butts had allegedly taken his car.

"I asked her what happened to my car," he said. "She said, 'I don't know.' Basically, everything I owned was in that car."

Newman said he saw Butts driving the car while being transferred from one jail to another in West Virginia. He's gotten over his anger from the incident.

"I'm not even thinking about that now," he said.

Newman argued that he shouldn't be jailed again for the probation violation.

"I'm sorry for what I did, I actually have love for the girl," he said. "I'm tired of being in prison. Why live like that when I can go out and be productive?"

He added that he's ready to move on and "live a normal life."

"You think the women you stabbed are living a normal life?" Gilbert countered.

Newman will serve an additional seven years in Virginia prisons beyond his five-year sentence in West Virginia.

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