Eddie Boyden Francum pleads guilty to stabbing neighbor

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 09:15 PM

A Hudson man pleaded guilty Monday in a severe stabbing attack on a neighbor, though his attorney said in court that the neighbor no longer is certain who stabbed him and didn’t want to pursue the case.

Eddie Boyden Francum, 62, of Throneburg Avenue was accused of severely stabbing Donnie Junior Hamby, 61, also of Throneburg Avenue, on Jan. 19, 2013, with a butcher knife inside Francum’s apartment and in the front yard.

Hamby was taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital with several life-threatening stab wounds, including to the bowel area, a leg, the chest and one in the back that narrowly missed his kidneys. Francum was found hours later about a mile away, Assistant District Attorney Ptolemy Allport said.

Francum had been unable to post bond and sought have the bond amount reduced, most recently last month, when the request was denied after the district attorney’s office said Francum had threatened to harm Hamby when he got out of jail.

During Monday’s plea hearing Francum’s attorney, Herb Pearce, told Judge Robert T. Sumner that Hamby had recanted his story, saying there were several people in the darkened apartment, he was no longer sure who stabbed him, and he didn’t want to prosecute.

Francum pleaded guilty to assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He originally was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was sentenced to 15 to 27 months in prison, but because he has been in jail for 19 months while awaiting trial, the N.C. Division of Adult Correction could soon release him.

He also was sentenced to nine months of supervised probation.