Man sentenced in assault of son

March 18, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

A Hagerstown man who twisted his son's arm in a drunken rage last September was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Brian T. Feeley, 30, who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, told Circuit Judge John H. McDowell he was sorry the incident occurred.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Susan Lochbaum said the 8-year-old was sitting on a couch at 205 Ross St. on Sept. 12, 1998, at 1:30 a.m. when the assault took place.

She said Feeley was intoxicated that night when his wife called Hagerstown City Police about the incident.

"There was no medical treatment required for the boy," Lochbaum said. "The child is now in foster care in Virginia and doing well."


Defense attorney Mary Riley said Feeley was angry because the boy had pointed a laser gun at his face and didn't stop when told to do so.

In sentencing, McDowell noted there was no pattern of abuse in Feeley's past. Nonetheless, he described the incident as serious.

"When you put your hands on a child in anger, you run the risk of assault," McDowell said. "You went way beyond the bounds of discipline."

Feeley, of 74 E. North Ave., was placed on probation for one year, and ordered to abstain from alcohol while on probation.

A $100 fine was imposed, and Feeley was ordered to have no contact with the boy.

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