FIRST ON WITN: Gould Sentenced In Hammer Attack; Family Reacts

A mother says she is glad of Wednesday's verdict against her son-in-law, but she says her daughter will never live the life that she once had.

An Onslow County jury convicted Jonathan Gould, a former Camp Lejeune Marine, for trying to kill his wife.

Jonathan Gould was found guilty of attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

After Erin Gould's mother read a written statement, a judge then immediately sentenced the man to serve between 18 and 22 years in prison.

Korrene Prince told reporters later that she was glad it was over and that the judicial system worked.

"He will never get the real form of justice because, unfortunately, he will get out of jail, like the judge said, and lead a normal like and Erin will never lead the normal like that she had before this happened," Prince told WITN News.

The jury deliberated about 2 hours today before reaching its verdict.


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Jurors are now deliberating the fate of a former Camp Lejeune Marine, who is accused of trying to kill his pregnant wife with a hammer.

Jurors got the case at 2:20 p.m. Stay with witn.com for updates when a verdict comes in.

Earlier the 12 men and woman heard final arguments in the trial of Jonathan Gould.

Gould is charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon for the attack on Erin Gould at the couple's Onslow County home in December 2008.

Erin Gould was severely injured in the attack, and was in a coma for several weeks. Authorities say she lost her baby afterward.

Defense lawyer William Morgan told jurors there were no fingerprints found on the hammer and that Gould should be found not guilty on all charges.

Gould spent parts of two days on the witness stand. He testified that an intruder attacked him with a knife when he came home, saw his wife bleeding on a couch and then called 911.

Since Gould took the witness stand, prosecutors gave the final argument to jurors. In a confession to deputies, Gould admitted to attacking his wife with the hammer and that he fabricated the story about the intruder.

Gould's wife has been in the courtroom during the trial, but prosecutors did not call her as a witness.

If convicted on both counts, prosecutors say Gould could face 15 to 20 years in prison.


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Emotions boiled over in the courtroom Tuesday in the trial of Jonathan Gould for attempted murder.

He's accused of beating his wife Erin nearly to death with a hammer last December.

Prosecutors continued to grill gould on inconsistencies in his statements he made to authorities on the night of the attack.

The former Marine became angry and annoyed when assistant D.A. Mike Maulsby asked him why his injuries prevented him from getting to his feet to defend himself and his wife against an intruder, but he could walk out with EMS workers less than an hour later.

Closing arguments are set to begin Wednesday morning and then the jury will deliberate.

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The man accused of using a hammer to try to kill his wife is now on the witness stand.

Jonathan Gould took the stand just after 12:00 noon, shortly after the state completed it's case this morning.

On the stand, Gould said his wife's pregnancy was kind of a shock since they used birth control. He said over the summer he noticed that something was off with their relationship, he could tell she wasn't happy, and Gould told jurors that he knew he wasn't happy.

Prosecutors pointed out that Gould had spousal life insurance. But under questioning from his attorney, Gould denied trying to kill his wife to collect that insurance money.

Gould says while hanging up his keys, he was pushed into a window by an intruder. The one-time Marine says he was stabbed and pushed into a window and then saw his wife bleeding on a couch.

The state finished presenting its testimony without calling the victim, Erin Gould.

Jonathan Gould is accused of attempted murder as assault with a deadly weapon in the December 2008 attack at the couple's Onslow County home.

Prosecutors spent 4-1/2 days presenting their witnesses. At the conclusion of the state's case, the judge denied a defense motion to have the charges dismissed.


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It was an emotional day in court as Erin Gould's mother took the stand.

Gould is the Onslow County woman, who was nearly beaten to death with a hammer last year.

Her husband Jonathan is on trial for the crime.

Investigators read a written confession to jurors Friday.

They say there were also text messages sent from Erin to her husband about divorce.

Court picks up at 10 AM on Monday where Erin Gould could take the stand against her husband.

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A man who is on trial for trying to kill his pregnant wife with a hammer says he loves his wife and he did not beat her.

Jonathan Gould talked to WITN's Dave Marcheskie Thursday afternoon as he was being led back to the Onslow County jail by deputies.

Reporter: "Jonathan, do you love your wife?"
Gould: "I do love my wife, yes I do."
Reporter: "Did you beat your wife?"
Gould: "No, I didn't beat my wife."
Reporter: "Do you want to have kids with your wife?"
Gould: "Someday, I hope we can get back to that point."

Gould is charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon for the December 2008 attack on his wife, Erin.

She was in a coma for several weeks in a Wilmington hospital after the attack that happened in the couple's Onslow County home. Authorities say she lost her baby after the attack.

Testimony for the state will continue Friday, and Erin Gould, who has been in the courtroom, is expected to take the stand.


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Testimony is in its second day in the attempted murder trial for a former Marine who is accused of beating his pregnant wife with a hammer.

Jonathan Gould is charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon for the December 2008 attack on his wife, Erin.

She was in a coma for several weeks in a Wilmington hospital after the attack that happened in the couple's Onslow County home.

Today a doctor testified that the woman has a very high risk of seizures and even developing Alzheimer disease.

An expert then testified that a knife found matched the husband's DNA, while the wife's DNA was on the hammer...but there were no conclusive DNA profile of Jonathan Gould on that weapon, nor were any fingerprints found.

Prosecutors say the husband stabbed himself with the knife, saying someone else attacked the couple.

Erin Gould is expected to testify, as is Jonathan Gould.


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