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Man sought in 2002 beating in Charles Town

February 26, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police were looking for a second man in connection with a 2002 incident in which a pedestrian walking along First Avenue was beaten, leaving him with skull fractures.

Police have obtained arrest warrants for 19-year-old Shavon Craig on charges of first-degree robbery and malicious wounding. He is described as being 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds, police said.

Craig's brother, DeHaven Craig, has already pleaded in the case and is awaiting sentencing, said Charles Town Police Department Detective Steve Harris.

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In an earlier court appearance, DeHaven Craig, 18, entered an Alford plea to robbery in the first degree, said Jefferson County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gina Groh.

An Alford plea means a defendant does not admit guilt, but agrees the state has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.

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

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

The beating occurred on Sept. 6, 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 speed and the man yelled at two men in the car to slow down, Harris said.

Harris said he thinks the two men returned, knocked the man to the ground and kicked him in the head for about 30 seconds. The man sustained skull fractures, a broken eye socket, broken jaw and other injuries, Harris said.

Police said anyone with information about Shavon Craig may contact Harris at 304-725-2714.

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