A Carlisle man was found guilty of attempted homicide last week in a January 2018 case.

Eric Jeffrey Piper, 43, was found guilty of all counts against him: attempted homicide, first- and second-degree felony aggravated assault, felony burglary, felony criminal trespass, misdemeanor simple assault, misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person and summary harassment, after a trial in front of Cumberland County Judge Al Masland.

Piper will remain in Cumberland County Prison until sentencing, which is scheduled for May 28.

Piper was initially charged in June 2018 in connection with a break-in and attack in Monroe Township on Jan. 28, 2018.

State Police at Carlisle said the victim came home from work and was attacked by a man who was in the home. The victim was struck in the head five times and once on the wrist with a ball-peen hammer, according to police.

The victim kicked the attacker in the ribs and jaw, punched him in the mouth and retrieved a handgun in another room, which prompted the attacker to flee, police said.

Piper eventually emerged as a suspect.

Piper’s estranged wife had been living with the victim before she reconciled with Piper, and the wife was able to identify pieces of clothing left at the victim’s house.

The victim identified Piper as the attacker when police showed him a photo.

Data from Piper’s cellphone call showed he was in the area at the time of the attack, according to the affidavit of probable cause. He was arrested in June.

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