Kent Countian sentenced to life in hammer beating

DOVER — A 37-year-old Kent County man received life in prison on Tuesday for a 2015 hammer attack that left a woman severely injured, the Delaware Department of Justice said.

Daniel Eyster was sentenced on attempted murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony charges connected to an incident on Sept. 4, 2015, during a residential gathering on Halltown Road near Sandtown, officials said.

Eyster was apprehended two days after the incident, and convicted in Kent County Superior Court during the week of June 20.

The deadly weapon possession charged adde three years to the sentence from Judge Jeffrey Clark.

The injured woman needed three surgeries after the attack, officials said, and is scheduled for a fourth.

The DOJ said Eyster’s criminal record was “fairly lengthy” and included previous robbery convictions in Delaware and Maryland.

“It’s not every day that a life sentence gets handed down but we think the judge got it right on this one,” Deputy Attorney General Zach George said.

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