Man gets life in prison for hatchet attack against 85-year-old woman

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WALTON COUNTY, FL – State Attorney, Ginger Bowden Madden announces that the Honorable Kelvin Wells sentenced Dylan Lee Mancill to Life in Prison as a Prison Releasee Reoffender for Second Degree Murder With a Weapon following a February Jury Trial in which he was found guilty.

The evidence established that on August 24, 2018, the victim an 85-year-old female was trying out a new electric wheelchair she had just obtained. The victim stopped at a neighbors’ residence to visit with the homeowner and view a chicken coup. While talking to the neighbor, Dylan Lee Mancill, the neighbors’ son began pacing behind the victim. At that point, the defendant picked up a hatchet that was located near the chicken coup and struck the victim in the back of the head. The defendant then fled the area before being apprehended by Walton County Sheriff’s Office approximately an hour and a half later.

Walton County Fire/EMS, Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, and Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene within minutes of the attack to perform first aid. The victim was rushed to a hospital where doctors performed life-saving measures on the victim. However, the victim ultimately succumbed to her injuries in May 2019. The Medical Examiners’ Office ultimately determined that the victim died as a result of complications from the attack.

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