ELIZABETHTON — The fourth and final suspect charged in a 2018 baseball attack on a man has been convicted and sentence in Carter County Criminal Court this week.
Matthew Duane Dye, 22, entered a guilty plea on Wednesday to charges of attempted first degree murder and especially aggravated kidnaping.
Judge Lisa Rice sentenced Dye to 16 years and 6 months in prison on the charge. Dye also pleaded guilty on two assault charges and received an 11 month, 29 day sentence to run concurrent to the attempted murder sentence.
Dye is the fourth person to be convicted in the incident.
Investigators said the baseball bat attack on the victim was recorded on video which was reportedly taken by the cell phone of one of the defendants.
The others who have been convicted are Kasey Delamae Miller, 33; Ross B. Kelley, 40; and Michael Todd Silcox, 43.
Miller has pleaded guilty to especially aggravated kidnaping and a lesser charge of aggravated assault instead of attempted first degree murder. She was sentenced to 18 years.
Silcox and Kelley each received 10 year sentences and 10 years probation after pleading to the lesser charge of aggravated assault.
Investigators with the Elizabethton Police Department and the Carter County Sheriff’s Department became involved in the case after the departments received information from tipsters, who described a video of a woman using a baseball bat to beat a man “and left him for dead.”
Investigators said an individual told them Miller was using the video “to show what she is capable of doing.”
Another informant said the video appeared to have been taken around Slagle’s Pasture. The informant went on to say that at the end of the beating with the baseball bat, Miller requested one of the men with her to step on the victim’s arm while he was lying on the ground. The informant said the other man did step on the victim and then stabbed him in the neck three times.
A few days later, Elizabethton police investigators obtained Miller’s consent to search her phone and reported finding the video.