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Man pleads guilty to robbery

January 07, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

A Charles Town man has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from an incident more than a year ago in which a man sustained skull fractures in a beating by two men.

DeHaven Craig was indicted on charges of robbery in the first degree and malicious assault, but the malicious assault charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement, Jefferson County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gina Groh said Tuesday.

On Monday, Craig, 18, entered an Alford plea to robbery in the first degree, Groh said.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but agrees the state has enough evidence to gain a conviction.

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Craig, who was being held on bond in the Eastern Regional Jail, will be sentenced on March 15.

Craig could either face up to 20 years in prison or be sent to the Anthony Center, a facility near White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., for youthful offenders, Groh said.

The beating occurred in September 2002, when a 53-year-old man was walking to get some exercise near the intersection of First Avenue and Raymond Street, police said.

A car went past the man at a high rate of speed and the man yelled at two men in the car to slow down, said Charles Town Police Department Detective Steve Harris.

The driver of the car traveled about a half block and returned, said Harris.

Harris said he thinks the two men knocked the man to the ground and kicked him in the head for about 30 seconds. The man, who suffered skull fractures, was taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center for treatment, Harris said.

Harris did not release the man's name at the time because he said the victim was frightened about what happened.

City police could not be reached Tuesday to comment about the second person involved in the attack.

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