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Man gets life sentence for beating Smithfield widow

Posted November 3, 2012

— A Johnston County jury decided against the death penalty for a man found guilty last month of beating a neighbor to death.

Matthew Hagert Salentine,  of 212-B N. Third St. in Smithfield, was convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery for an attack on 74-year-old Patricia Warren Stevens in 2010. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Stevens' son found her, wrapped in a rug, at her home, 309 N. Third St. Another neighbor told WRAL News his home was broken into around the same time. 

Salentine's attorney said his client is bi-polar and was a crack-cocaine addict at the time of the crime.


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  • feistyredhead2001 Nov 5, 2012

    Makes me sick to know his sentence was so nice.... he gets 3 meals a day for life and he beat that woman to death. That is what is becoming wrong with this country... if you have NO regard for human life and with out a shadow of a doubt are guilty.... then we should have NO regard for your life... PERIOD !

  • mac240 Nov 5, 2012

    Once again it's all about the criminal!