Man Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison

A 56-year-old man from Red Bluff has been sentenced for a hammer attack on two women. Mark Brewer was captured after leading officers on a high-speed chase on January 7th of last year. Early the morning of December 27th, 2014 Brewer went to his estranged wife's home on West View Way in Cottonwood and kicked in the door. He struck 74-year-old Barbara Knight with a hammer and inflicted skull fractures. He also hit his wife with the hammer, causing injuries to her head and hand. When deputies arrived they found both victims on the kitchen floor and a hammer covered in blood. Brewer was gone however. His pickup truck was later found crashed into a tree and Brewer was seen running into a wooded area but he eluded deputies. He remained missing for a week and a half until the Tehama County Sheriff's Office was told that Brewer's Toyota Camry was parked near the West View Way house. Deputies staked it out and eventually Brewer showed up and started driving away. They tried to stop him but he tried to run a deputy over and then led them on a high-speed chase, joined by CHP Officers and other agencies. The 18 mile chase covered a wide area of Northwest Tehama County, reaching speeds of a hundred miles an hour, before tearing through Cottonwood and finally ending in somebody's front yard on Balls Ferry Road a little south of Anderson when Brewer crashed into a utility pole. Charged with spousal battery and evading with willful disregard, Brewer was sentenced this week to 18 years 8 months in state prison.