Knife attacker gets 20 years

Knife attacker gets 20 years

Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced May 23 in a release that Joe Mitchell Carry Jr., 36, of Beaumont was sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the May 2, 2015, aggravated assault of a Beaumont couple.

Carry entered a home on Abilene Avenue in Beaumont after asking to use the phone. He first assaulted David Martinez with a pipe or crowbar, then grabbed a large kitchen knife and stabbed him in the stomach, causing serious injuries. He then cut and stabbed Kelly Martinez approximately a dozen times. Both victims had to undergo major surgeries to save their lives.

During the attack, Joe Carry called 911 and threatened to kill the couple. When Beaumont police officers arrived on scene, Carry was on the front porch of the house, holding the knife to his own neck. He threatened to kill himself. Officers deployed a Taser to disarm Carry, who was then transported to the hospital.

Carry has a history of mental illness and drug abuse.

“We are grateful that this case did not end up as a murder,” Prosecutor Luke Nichols said. “Thankfully, both victims were able to survive this brutal attack. Joe Carry has now been taken off of the streets and this community is safer for it.”

Judge Raquel West sentenced Carry to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice following a guilty plea.

This case was investigated by the Beaumont Police Department with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Crime Lab.

- Jefferson County District Attorney's Office