MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney says a man jailed on another charge will now face life in prison after an attack on another prisoner.  That’s because of a lengthy criminal record that included three felony convictions.

Desmond Lamont Davis, 33, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of malicious assault. He was sentenced to another five years on a conspiracy charge. Both sentences were ordered to be run concurrently and he will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

Davis was convicted by a jury in July for attacking a fellow inmate in the Eastern Regional Jail in March of last year. Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Kinser filed paperwork seeking a life sentence for Davis, because he ad already been convicted of three qualifying felony offenses.

Press Release from Berkeley County Prosecutor’ Catie Wilkes Delligatti:

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. – Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Catie Wilkes Delligatti announces that on Thursday, December 7, 2023, a Sentencing Hearing was held before the Honorable Judge R. Steven Redding for DESMOND “Desi” LAMONT DAVIS, 33, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

DAVIS was convicted by a Berkeley County jury in July 2023 of Malicious Assault and Conspiracy to Commit Malicious Assault. Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Kinser then filed a Recidivist Information in September seeking a life sentence, alleging that DAVIS had been convicted of three qualifying felony offenses. DAVIS has been a longtime target of municipal, state, and federal authorities.

As a habitual offender, DAVIS was given a LIFE SENTENCE with mercy (meaning he will be parole eligible after serving 15 years of his sentence) for the Malicious Assault conviction and 1-5 years in the penitentiary for his Conspiracy conviction. These sentences were ordered to run concurrently with one another.

Ms. Delligatti would like to specifically thank the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the command staff at the Eastern Regional Jail for their tireless work on this case, which was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Joseph R. Kinser and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Raymond E. Boyce, Jr.