A Casper man will spend the rest of his life in prison, following his conviction on charges stemming from the attack of his ex-girlfriend.

Earlier this year, a Natrona County jury returned a guilty verdict against LaShawn King on charges of first degree attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault.  King was handed a sentence Thursday of life in prison without the possibility of parole.



Prosecutors say on May 6th, 2011, King contacted his ex-girlfriend, saying he had purchased a bus ticket to Detroit and leaving town the next day, but he wanted to spend one more night with her and go to the movies.

The two had ended what his ex-girlfiend described a three-year abusive relationship, because King was suspecting that she was involved with other men.

She testified that she agreed and the two went to the Studio City movie theater, but when she tried to get out of her car, King grabbed her from behind and started hitting her with a hammer, threatening to kill her.

She suffered multiple injuries to her face and hand, and ended up with a fractured skull.

A doctor testified that the size of the victim’s injuries were about the same size of the area of the hammer that she was hit with.

King then forced her into the back of her mini-van, while he drove the vehicle around Casper.

The woman had a cell phone on her and used it to call 911, although there was no direct conversation between her and the 911 dispatcher.

She said that eventually, King figured out what was going on and took the cell phone from her.

Casper Police eventually found the two, about an hour-and-a-half later.

Officers on scene told the jurors that the woman’s left eye was swollen shut and that her blood was all over her and in various areas inside the mini-van.