Lewis Kyle Wilson, an Asheville man charged with kidnapping and brutally assaulting a prostitute, has plead guilty to lesser assault and drug charges.
***UPDATE: He will be released from jail on May 12. According to court records released today, the original assault charge against Wilson was not reduced due to lack of evidence or an agreement to plead guilty to other charges, but for an unspecified “other” reason.***
Wilson plead guilty Jan. 11 to assault inflicting serious bodily injury, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to sell and distribute psylocibin mushrooms. Charges of first-degree kidnapping and a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill were both dismissed by the District Attorney’s office. The drug and assault charges were combined, and Wilson was sentenced to 15 to 18 months. According to jail records, he has been held in the Buncombe County Detention Facility for a total of 415 days thus far.
According to the original charges, Wilson allegedly picked up a prostitute, knocked her unconscious, took her to his home, forced her to perform oral sex and stabbed her in the head. She escaped and, a few days later, Wilson was arrested.
After his arrest, police deemed Wilson a “person of interest” in two other prostitute attacks near his River District home, as well as the unsolved 2006 murder of prostitute Kelly Lane Smith. In a jailhouse interview with Xpress last February, Wilson maintained he was innocent of all charges, asserting that the prostitute had attacked him. At the time, he said he would fight the charges in a trial.
Last March, DNA testing revealed that hair and teeth found in a search of Wilson’s home didn’t belong to Smith. Wilson has not been charged with any crimes connected to Smith’s murder or the assaults of the other two prostitutes.
— David Forbes, staff writer