NANCY POWELL ¦ Staff Writer
(Oct. 12, 2012) The Pocomoke man who threatened his wife with an ax in February was released from jail last Friday.
“It’s not the most egregious event I’ve had before me,” Judge Thomas C. Groton III said.
Jon Carlton Dykes, 46, was found guilty July 11 of second-degree assault on his wife, who invoked the marital privilege and declined to testify against him.
According to testimony of his sister-inlaw, who had accompanied the couple to a local pub, an argument started there and continued after they returned to the Dykes’ residence. She said Dykes hit his wife in the living room, she went to the floor and he “sort of dragged her” to the bedroom.
The sister-in-law called police, but Dykes left the house before they arrived. When he returned later, the women inside would not let him enter the front door. He went to the back door, but he was unable to unhook the chain lock.
He got an ax and broke through the door so he could enter. The sister-in-law testified that Dykes and his wife ended up on the ground, fighting to get control of the ax, but there was no evidence that he tried to attack his wife with the ax.
The sister-in-law also testified that she could not recall everything that happened because she had been drinking. She said they were “snockered.”
Another woman, who was at the house caring for the wife’s disabled son, testified that the wife remained on the floor with her hands on the ax and that Dykes let go of it, stepped over her and left the house.
In Circuit Court in Snow Hill on Oct. 5, Dykes’ wife, who had been married to him for about two years at the time of the incident, said she never felt threatened.
“He never laid a hand on me,” she told Judge Thomas C. Groton III.
Her husband, she said, is very supportive of her and her son, while her sister was “very overzealous.”
Dykes said his sister-in-law lied on the witness stand during his trial.
“It just came out of the blue,” he said.
Groton said the pre-sentence investigation showed that Dykes’ problem with alcohol “goes way back.” He then sentenced Dykes to two years in prison, with credit for time served, and then he suspended the sentence, except for time served, so that meant Dykes would be freed from jail, where he had been held since his arrest last February.
He will be on supervised probation for two years and must get drug and alcohol counseling as directed by his probation agent.