Patrick County Circuit Court Judge Martin Clark on Monday sentenced Maurice Chevelle Carter to a total of 70 years, with 10 years suspended on the condition of 10 years good behavior and 10 years probation.

The sentence was handed down in connection with an incident that started to unfold in the early hours of July 5, 2017, according to Patrick County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dayna Kendrick Bobbitt.

Then, the victim worked as a taxicab driver for Mayberry Taxi, and picked up a fare, described as a black male, from a location on Paynetown Road in Flat Rock, N.C., according to the statement of facts presented by Bobbitt.

The fare told the taxi driver that he wanted to be dropped off on Unity Church Road in Patrick County, Bobbitt said.

The taxi driver complied, but once on Unity Church Road was unable to find the exact driveway in the foggy, dark, and rainy conditions, Bobbitt said.

Carter indicated the driver should continue, Bobbitt said, and the taxi driver eventually found what she believed was the correct driveway, pulled in and parked.

As she started to log the trip mileage on a clipboard, Carter allegedly went over the seat with a knife, and…

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