Cordele -- The Labor Day weekend attack on 43-year-old Anthony Crews was so vicious, he is now confined to a wheel chair. The suspect wanted in connection with the crime, Kenneth Wayne Perry remained on the loose for over three months until a tip lead Cordele detectives to his whereabouts in Tampa, Florida.
Earlier this week, almost nine months after the crime took place, Perry received his sentencing in Crisp County Superior Court.
Perry entered a guilty plea on the charge of aggravated assault stemming from an incident where police say he brutally attacked Crews inside his Westside Homes Apartment in Cordele.
Perry also received sentencing in an unrelated charge which he will serve concurrently with the aggravated assault charge. In all, a judge handed down a 20-year-sentence to Perry who is no stranger to prison.
Residents of the Cordele neighborhood where the crime took place are still shocked that the near deadly incident happened just a few doors away. They are glad however that Perry is behind bars.
"It's scary, really scary, to know that something like that happened around here," says Ruthie Lango.
Neighbor Martha Stubbs adds, "I think it was a good sentence. They might should given him more time than that. He knew was wrong."
The September 3rd assault in Cordele was not the first time Perry had been involved in a violent attack.
He had just gotten out of prison in December of 2005 after serving nearly 19 years on a pervious aggravated assault conviction in 1986, in which police say he brutally raped a woman in Crisp County.