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Man faces felony wounding charges

March 06, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police charged a Gerrardstown, W.Va., man with four felonies Wednesday stemming from allegations that he beat his wife and a man with a gun, causing severe injuries.

Tony Eugene Messer, 31, of Buck Hill Road, was charged with two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm.

He was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on $100,000 bail.

The charges stem from two alleged incidents, the first on Feb. 19.

On that day, the victim, John R. Holloman, offered a ride to Stacy Smith, who is Messer's girlfriend, according to West Virginia State Police Trooper R.T. Dyroff.

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When Holloman pulled into a driveway, Messer saw him, records show.

Holloman attempted to leave, but Messer reportedly blocked the road with his van. Messer approached Holloman and "pistol whipped" him, Dyroff alleged in police reports.

Police allege that when Smith got out of the car, Messer fired a bullet into the passenger side of the car where she had been sitting.

As a result of the beating, Holloman's face was severely injured, and several teeth were knocked out or broken, records say.

The second incident came to light on Monday, when a woman alleged to police that Messer's wife, identified in court records as Kimberly Messer, had been beaten.

Deputy Matthew Rephann, with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, said police spoke to Kimberly Messer, who alleged her husband had beaten her twice. She also said he had fired a gun near her head into a kitchen wall, records show.

Kimberly Messer suffered an open wound on her head, caused when she was hit with a gun, records allege. Scarring and disfigurement will be permanent, Rephann said.

Conviction on a charge of wanton endangerment carries a penalty or one to five years in prison. Conviction on a charge of malicious wounding carries a prison sentence of two to 10 years.

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