ELYRIA — A former North Carolina man who had faced felonious assault charges in connection with a domestic violence incident in which a North Ridgeville woman was shot in the leg was sentenced to three years probation Friday.
Alwin King III, 29, formerly of Indian Trail, N.C., was sentenced to three years probation, was told to take an anger management class and was told to stay away from drugs and alcohol by Judge James Miraldi. In April, King pleaded guilty to an amended indictment of misdemeanor domestic violence, felony tampering with evidence and felony having weapons under disability.
King had been indicted on two counts of felonious assault and two counts of having weapons under disability, all felony charges. Both counts of felonious assault had attached firearms specifications, each of which would have required a mandatory three-year prison sentence upon conviction.
Both of the firearms specifications were dismissed.
Miraldi said he chose to sentence King to probation, rather than prison time, because King had remained true to his word.
“I put some conditions on your bond to give you an opportunity to take care of some legal matters in North Carolina, and you were supposed to get there within a certain date and time, and you did so,” Miraldi said. “I also, as a condition, wanted to retrieve the gun, and your friend, the alleged victim in this case, was able to provide that, so you were able to do the things that I asked you. I also asked you to come back here today, and you did.”
The judge said he wasn’t going to imprison King because of his past, but was going to give him the opportunity to show that he can make changes. Miraldi said he has the “wonderful option” of sending King to prison if he’s wrong.
Police have said that King was involved in the domestic assault of a woman he had been living with on Patton Drive in North Ridgeville for a few months. Amber Carrouzzo, 32, told police King shot her Jan. 3.
The mother of three drove herself to the hospital, originally telling hospital staff that is was an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound. Carrouzzo eventually told police that King had shot her.
King told Miraldi that he is trying to change his life and wants to put his 20s behind him.
“I feel if I get probation today, that’s something that will help,” King said. “I’m used to structured environments, and I think that would add structure to my life, and I feel it’s going to put the necessary pressure on top of the pressure to prove to my family that I can be a productive citizen and do the right things I need to do.”
Assistant County Prosecutor Chris Pierre asked Miraldi to give King a prison sentence since — despite King presenting well in the courtroom — his past shows differently.
“I think the question this court needs to ask is, is the defendant a good bet for probation or community control?” Pierre said. “The state would submit, based upon his entire history and everything he’s done before, it’s clearly evident that he’s a bad bet.”
Pierre said in a presentence investigation, a fugitive apprehension officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said that King has never before complied with court sanctions in the past.
“He advised that this defendant has never completed any probation from any court,” Pierre said. “The defendant has always been revoked and sent to prison or went missing from probation and wanted on warrants for violations. He stated the defendant should not be a candidate for probation due to his noncompliance and lengthy disregard for the law.”
Pierre said he does hope he’s wrong about King.
King has a record of violent crime in North Carolina and is wanted there for theft of a motor vehicle, police have said. He is unable to legally possess a firearm due to a previous felony conviction.
King spent two years at Piedmont Correctional Institution for a firearms conviction in 2009 and has served previous sentences for breaking and entering, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Miraldi said he believes King will make the necessary changes.
“I’ve given you all those warnings, but I’m hoping none of them take effect because you’re going to be successful,” Miraldi said. “Do I know that? No. Based on what the prosecutor said, there are a couple people making predictions against you. I’m going to bet for you.”