Crime & Courts

Hickory man convicted of assaulting woman

A Hickory man could serve more than four years in prison after a Catawba County jury found him guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female, prosecutors said Friday.

Jerome Shaw Jr., 33, was found guilty following a two-day trial in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court this week, according to the district attorney’s office. The jury deliberated about 20 minutes before returning guilty verdicts.

Officials said the victim sustained bruised ribs, facial swelling and a cut to the hand as a result of a domestic assault in October 2012.

Shaw was previously convicted of financial transaction card forgery and identity theft in Mecklenburg County in January 2012, according to the district attorney’s office.

“As a result of a probation violation related to those charges he previously received an active sentence of no less than 27 months and no more than 33 months in the Division of Adult Corrections,” officials said. “The sentence received this week will be served at the expiration of the sentence he is now serving.”