Crime

August 5, 2014

Conviction upheld against Rock Hill man who beat girlfriend, her son in 2012

Danny Ray Pittman beat the two nearly to death while high on cocaine, heroin and prescription narcotics.

A judge on Monday denied the attempt for a new trial or lessened sentence for the Rock Hill man who is serving 25 years in prison after pleading guilty last year to the brutal beating of his girlfriend and her son, prosecutors said.

Danny Ray Pittman, 35, pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and other charges from the incident in February 2012 where Kimberly Dan Faile-Bryant was found by police beaten in her bed. Her son, 16, was found outside, barely conscious and bloody from the baseball bat beating at the hands of Pittman. Both were airlifted to a Charlotte hospital and underwent surgeries for skull fractures.

Pittman fled after stealing the woman’s car and was later found near Myrtle Beach. DNA evidence from his clothes linked Pittman to the victims.

Pittman was given the maximum sentence when he pleaded guilty but filed a civil lawsuit called a post-conviction relief claim where he tried to blame his court-appointed public defender for the long sentence.

He was initially scheduled to appear before a judge earlier this year to seek a new trial, but a flu outbreak at Lee Correctional Institution where he was housed delayed his hearing.

Pittman will continue to serve out his 25-year sentence, said Willy Thompson, 16th Circuit deputy solicitor.

Pittman also faces prison sanctions after he was busted at Kirkland Correctional Institute for trying to create or assist with a social networking site and trying to possess a cellphone in prison. Pittman lost telephone, canteen and other privileges for the next six years among other penalties after he was found out, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections Web site.

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