Fort Mill Times

Domestic incident could lead to life in jail

Khriston Lee Hallman
Khriston Lee Hallman

A Fort Mill man faces life imprisonment after police said he kicked in his estranged wife's door before choking and throwing her into a pantry door, according to police reports.

Now, Khriston Lee Hallman, 24, of 833 Archie St., faces three charges: criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated, first-degree burglary and simple assault and battery, according to a report from the Rock Hill Police Department.

First-degree burglary carries a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of life, Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson of the 16th Circuit Solicitor's Office said.

The incident marks the third time this week a Fort Mill man was charged in a criminal domestic violence-related crime.

Last week, authorities charged 17-year-old Michael Anthony Atkinson with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature; malicious injury to personal property and hindering an officer, according to a Web site maintained by the York County Sheriff's Office. Atkinson, whose bond was set at $14,000, remained in custody Friday at York County Detention Center.

Authorities also charged Fort Mill's Gary Vance Walker, 49, with a criminal domestic violence-related charge, according to the Web site. A judge set Walker's bond at $2,500. He remained in custody Friday at detention center.

"Domestic violence continues to be a problem," said Lt. Brad Redfearn of the Rock Hill Police Department. "Not only does it affect the victim but also other family members, including children. We do not need to forget about their needs. Anyone who is aware of a family member or friend who is a victim of domestic violence needs to contact police."

In the latest incident, police responded on April 8 to a domestic assault involving a 37-year-old woman, who told police that Hallman arrived unannounced at her Rock Hill apartment to talk about divorce paperwork.

But the talk turned into an argument with the woman retreating inside her apartment, where she locked the doors, the report notes. The woman told police that Hallman banged on the door, telling her to come outside to talk.

Moments later, the door was kicked in, according to the report.

The report notes that the woman told police Hallman grabbed her around the neck while she was holding their 1-year-old son. According to the report, Hallman choked the woman and pushed her into a pantry door before the woman fell, losing her grip on their son.

She was then picked up and punched in the face before being thrown into a washer and dryer, the report notes. The woman managed to break free, grab the couple's two children and flee the apartment for help, according to the report.

The woman was taken to Piedmont Medical Center for treatment, the report notes.

Hallman left the scene, but later came to the Rock Hill Police Department. The report notes that Hallman told police that his estranged wife attacked him. The report further notes that Hallman admitted to kicking the door in and attacking her.

Hallman was booked at the detention center on April 9. Bond was denied for the criminal domestic violence and first-degree burglary charges, a detention official said.

A judge set Hallman's bond at $470 for the simple assault and battery charge, according to a Web site maintained by the sheriff's office.

Hallman's first court date could come as early as June 9, the detention official said. Hallman remained in custody Monday at the detention center.