MCDONOUGH, GA (July 10, 2017) – A Henry County man entered a guilty plea today to stabbing and beating a 73-year-old woman inside a McDonough senior assisted living center.

Gregory Stillwell Jr., 37, was sentenced to 40 years with 20 years to serve in the state prison system following his guilty plea to charges of two counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated battery.

On April 27, 2016, Stillwell forced his way into a senior living apartment in McDonough and assaulted 73-year-old Icilda Walters. Stillwell stabbed the woman in the ear and struck her multiple times in the face and body.

The victim, who did not know Stillwell, told Superior Court Judge Brian Amero today that the defendant knocked on her door and asked to use her phone. He then forced his way inside and grabbed a knife from the victim’s kitchen. After the attack, the victim crawled to the door and cried out for help.

“The victim and her family are satisfied with this plea and happy to have this man off of our streets,” Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo said. “This attack caused a great amount of fear and grief to not only this victim and her family, but the entire senior community of Henry County. We are pleased to bring justice to them and send the message that we will not tolerate people targeting and victimizing our seniors.”