Kannapolis man convicted of domestic assaults to spend life in prison

Published 2:37 pm Thursday, May 2, 2019

SALISBURY — A Kannapolis man was convicted this week on charges of domestic-related assault, being a habitual felon and other offenses in a three-day jury trial.

Johnny Ringo Wallace, 45, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Wallace, who has been in the Rowan County Detention Center since his July 2016 arrest, was convicted of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury; felony violating a domestic violence protective order; misdemeanor assault on a female; misdemeanor breaking and entering; and being a violent habitual felon.

Wallace was sentenced to a mandatory penalty of life in prison without possibility of parole as a violent habitual felon, along with nine to 12 years in prison.

On Oct. 21, 2016, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Safrit Road for a disturbance. A neighbor called 911 and reported hearing yelling from a residence.

Deputies noticed a man was bleeding from his neck. He told authorities his girlfriend had taken out a restraining order against Wallace in 2015. He said while he and his girlfriend were sitting on the second-story deck of the residence, Wallace walked onto the deck and began assaulting him with a knife.

Wallace was previously convicted of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, which supported his status as a violent habitual felon. In addition, Wallace was previously convicted of felony larceny and felony fleeing to elude arrest.

District Attorney Brandy Cook said she appreciates the work of Assistant District Attorney Tim Gould in the trial along with the investigation by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.