The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on Thursday, June 20, 2019, Samuel Leo Ricky Solomon was found guilty as charged of Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Weapon. During the trial, the State was able to prove that in January 2019, the Defendant made an unprovoked attack on the mother of his children where he stabbed her three times in the chest while she was still seated in her vehicle as she arrived home. The Defendant was stopped by a Good Samaritan neighbor who heard the victim screaming. The Defendant then fled the area but was stopped and held at gunpoint by another Good Samaritan. Police recovered the knife hidden in the yard of a neighbor. The victim survived the attack.
The Defendant has multiple prior felony convictions including prior convictions for violence, and is facing up to 30 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled to be set in July before the Honorable Judge Christopher Patterson. The case was investigated by the Springfield Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Alexis Sykes and Nichole Pieper.
For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.