Former Martinsburg football star pleads to battery, obstructing

January 23, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An offensive leader of Martinsburg High School's 2006 football team was sentenced to serve 200 hours of community service as part of a plea deal to resolve charges filed against him after an alleged scuffle with police last summer.

In a Berkeley County Magistrate Court hearing Tuesday, Joshua Ray Twyman, 19, entered guilty pleas to battery on an officer and obstruction after consulting with his attorney, Sherman Lambert.

Charges of underage consumption of alcohol and destruction of property were dismissed and the community service sentence was ordered in place of a 25-day jail term, which was suspended. A one-day jail sentence to be served concurrently with the other term also was suspended.

Twyman did not receive probation or fines, but presiding Magistrate Joan V. Bragg told the defendant she might be asked to hold a restitution hearing to determine any damage claims stemming from his arrest on Aug. 8, 2007.


Twyman's arrest came after officers with the Martinsburg Police Department were dispatched to a disturbance complaint at 820 Winchester Ave., according to court records.

While there, officers said Twyman became upset, began yelling and kicking items in the home, and was identified by a woman who wanted him to leave, police had said.

Police said Twyman was handcuffed after a short struggle, then dented the police cruiser's hood and kicked an officer in the leg before he was stunned with a Taser, according to court records.

Police later said that the defendant admitted he was under the influence of alcohol and Xanax.

Twyman was named The Herald-Mail's offensive player of the year in 2006 after helping take his team to the Class AAA state championship game in Wheeling, W.Va. Named to the first-team all-state team his senior year, Twyman dropped out of Martinsburg High School during the 2006-07 school year and did not graduate, a Berkeley County Schools official has said.

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