Eldersburg man sentenced 30 years for 'vicious' attack on wife

Eldersburg man sentenced 30 years for 'vicious' attack on wife
Kenneth Lenard Randall was sentenced to 30 years August 23 after pleading guilty to assaulting his wife with a boxcutter. Full story here.

An Eldersburg man was sentenced to 30 years Tuesday after pleading guilty to assaulting his wife with a boxcutter, in what a prosecutor called the "most vicious" attack he's seen.

Kenneth Lenard Randall, 44, of the 900 block of Marimich Court, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault and one count of carrying a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure. As a result of the guilty plea, the state entered the remaining charges, which include attempted first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, as nolle prosequi, or abandoned by the state.


After hearing from Randall, his wife and other family members, Judge Thomas Stansfield sentenced Randall to 25 years with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, with an additional 5-year sentence, to be served immediately after the 25-year sentence, because the assault took place in front of children.

For the dangerous weapon charge, Stansfield sentenced Randall to three years, fully suspended, to run concurrently. Upon his release, Randall will be placed on five years supervised probation.

On Dec. 18, 2015, a pregnant Heather Randall woke up to find Kenneth Randall standing over her. He started to slash at her face with a boxcutter. She was able to get out of bed and defend herself, putting her right hand up to prevent him from cutting her face, and he slashed her hand with the boxcutter, Heather Randall said during testimony.

Kenneth Randall then stabbed her in the left thigh. At one point, he stopped and asked her what he had done, she said during testimony.

Kenneth Randall then left the house and Heather Randall put furniture against the door to prevent him from coming back. She went upstairs, called 911 and was flown to Shock Trauma at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, she testified.

"Throughout this whole ordeal, I stayed as calm as I could given how much blood I lost," she said during testimony.

Chief Deputy State's Attorney Jason League, who represented the state along with Senior Assistant State's Attorney Brenda Harkavy, said Kenneth Randall had a dream that his wife was cheating on him and, in response, decided to cut her face to make her unattractive to any other man.

League gave Stansfield pictures of the cuts to Heather Randall's face and hands.

"He opened her face up, Judge," League said during the hearing.

He told the judge that the state asked for 30 years, which is above the guidelines for the charge, due to the heinous nature of the crime. First-degree assault carries a maximum sentence of 25 years, according to Maryland Code. Sentencing guidelines are a tool that defense attorneys and prosecutors use to determine appropriate sentences to propose to a judge.

"You have this attack that I can only describe as one of the most vicious attacks I've seen in 30 years of prosecution," League said to the court.

League told Stansfield that they were asking for a high sentence because it wasn't a matter of rehabilitation.

"This is squarely about punishment," League said in court. "This is squarely about public safety: Public safety being the next woman he gets involved with."

The additional five years on the first-degree assault conviction are part of an enhancement the state filed due to the crime being committed in the presence of children, League said after the hearing.


During the hearing, he told Stansfield how the children heard the attack happening and how Kenneth Randall had gone to their room and told them to close the door and stay in their room so that they wouldn't see him hurt their mother. He further described how a detective went to get the children from the room and had them close their eyes to try to prevent them from seeing the blood.

Kenneth Randall apologized to Heather Randall, his family and the court for his actions.

While deciding on the sentence, Stansfield said he hoped that Heather Randall and her children could move forward with their lives after the incident. He noted that the incident was not a murder, not because of Kenneth Randall, but because Heather Randall had a strong determination to live.

"Fantasies, dreams, whatever they may be, are a normal part of people's lives. That doesn't mean we act on them," Stansfield said.

League, Harkavy and Kenneth Randall's attorney, Alex Cruickshank, declined to comment.

"Given the horrific nature of his crime Kenneth Randall more than earned every day of his sentence," State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo said in a news release. "I hope that other victims of domestic violence will see the Office of the State's Attorney's commitment to combating domestic violence and find the courage to come forward to hold their abusers accountable."