Salisbury man skips court and is convicted of assaulting government official – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY – A Salisbury man who stopped appearing in court was convicted of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official on Thursday.

Demaurea Grant was convicted after a two-day trial in Rowan County Superior Court. He did not return to court after his trial began and will be sentenced once he is located by authorities, the Rowan County District Attorney’s Office said.

Grant’s conviction comes nearly three years after he attempted to stab a correctional officer at Piedmont Correctional Institution on October 8, 2018. Grant attempted to hit the officer with a homemade rod after refusing to comply with the orders of the staff to return to his cell, the Rowan County District Attorney’s Office said. The correctional officer sustained minor injuries during the incident.

Grant had previously been convicted of kidnapping and felony assault by strangulation, among other convictions. Grant was arrested in April 2020 on two counts of assaulting a government official / officer for allegedly punching two deputies in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in the face while they were carrying out their duties detention officer.

Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook said she appreciated the work of Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Cheek in the trial of the case and was grateful the correctional officer was not seriously injured during of the incident.

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