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12 Years in Prison for Augusta Man Who Beat Mom Into a Coma


The District Attorney’s Office secured a conviction this week against a violent criminal who beat his own mother.

A Richmond County Jury on Tuesday found Charles Lindberg Shirley guilty of aggravated assault – family violence.

After learning that she planned to evict him from her home, Shirley beat his 62-year-old mother into a coma, causing traumatic brain injury, according to District Attorney Jared Williams. After nearly a week in a medically-induced coma, his mother never regained memory of the events.  Unrelated to the injuries sustained, the victim passed away just over a year later.

“Our cases are won and lost oftentimes by the ability and willingness of victims and witnesses to testify. Any case in which the Victim is unable to recall the events that happened to her is inherently difficult to prove,: Williams said in a statement. “Nevertheless, Assistant District Attorney Roslyn Norman went into court to be the voice for the victim who had none.”

ADA Norman was assisted at trial by ADA Stetson Cromer, and their trial team was supported by DA Investigator Shane Prince, Victim Advocate Darsha West, and Legal Assistant Francina Jenkins.

“Drugs and mental illness changed a loving son into a violent abuser. While we recognize these challenges, putting your hands on a defenseless person has consequences.” Williams said.

The defendant was sentenced to 20 years on the Aggravated Assault, with the first 12 to be served in confinement.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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