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Man accused of stabbing wife pleaded guilty in court

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A man accused of trying to murder his wife pleaded guilty in court Tuesday. He will serve up to 180 months in prison.

Twenty-nine-year-old Matthew Stallings was charged in January 2021 with first-degree attempted murder. Police said in a report last year he stabbed his wife more than 15 times and threw her from the second-story balcony of her apartment off North College Road.

Stalling was charged for also breaking into his estranged wife’s home around 8 p.m. on Jan. 6 at the New Providence Park Apartments. New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office detailed the victim was treated for life-threatening injuries and was in stable condition back then; she survived the attack.

Deputies arrested Stallings — located in Duplin County and with assistance from the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office — for attempted murder.

Stallings was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present, assault on a female, communicating threats, and first-degree burglary. He pleaded guilty to assault with a deadline weapon, first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree murder.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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