Highland County Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder in April of Last Year

A Highland County man was sentenced Monday to 21 to 26 years in prison for attempted murder in April of last year, reports the Chillicothe Gazette.

After a three-day trial, 40-year-old Samuel D. Chapman had been found guilty February 25th of attempted murder, kidnapping, grand theft, and tampering with evidence.

Chapman stabbed 76-year-old Barbara Martin several times in the neck and abdomen April 1st, 2020, after she gave him a ride from Chillicothe to Stone Road at State Route 104. Martin died 15 days later but Chapman could not be charged directly for her death.

Judge Michael Ater sentenced Chapman, stating he had never seen anything as callous, cruel, and unwarranted as his crime.

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