Man gets 9-20 years in prison for Red Lion hammer attack

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Red Lion resident who used a hammer to fracture a man's skull must spend at least nine years in state prison.

Eric Benjamin Hamme, 35, formerly of North Franklin Street, appeared in York County Court on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for the attack last fall outside his apartment building.

He was sentenced to nine to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay about $1,735 in restitution to the state's victim compensation fund.

Eric Benjamin Hamme

Hamme also was sentenced to a consecutive 10 years' probation.

State troopers who responded to Hamme's former home about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 16 spotted blood on the sidewalk, porch and front door.

They also found blood inside the apartment building in the stairwell, on walls and on railings, state police have said.

The attack: Court documents state that Shannon Brillhart went to Hamme's apartment building to see a woman Hamme was dating.

While Brillhart was standing outside, Hamme came up behind him and bashed him in the head with a hammer, state police have said.

Brillhart suffered severe head trauma, including a fractured skull, and needed immediate surgery, according to police, who said one of Brillhart's hands was badly injured as well.

Hamme tried to clean blood off the hammer in his kitchen sink, then hid it in a book bag troopers later found in a closet, court documents state.

Also Oct. 23, Hamme pleaded guilty to two counts of witness intimidation, both related to the Red Lion hammer attack.

Tried to bribe witness: One of the victims in the witness intimidation is Hamme's co-defendant, 29-year-old Holli Anna Stilianidis of Red Lion. She remains charged in two cases with making unsworn falsifications to police and witness intimidation.

"I asked my co-defendant to bribe a witness," Hamme told presiding Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook after the judge asked him to explain what he'd done to commit the crime.

Hamme said he committed the other witness-intimidation offense by asking a witness to the Red Lion attack to lie when she testified at his trial.

Hamme was ordered to have no contact with Brillhart, Stilianidis or the witness.

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