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Martinsburg man guilty of domestic battery in stomping of girlfriend

September 26, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who witnesses said stomped on his girlfriend along West King Street is scheduled to be sentenced in November on a felony count of third-offense domestic battery, according to Berkeley County Circuit Court records.

A jury on Tuesday found Gregory Adam Huggans, 46, of Martinsburg guilty of domestic battery in the January 2008 attack, which police said happened near the Union Rescue Mission in Martinsburg in front of at least three people.

According to state statute, the jury's verdict allows 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge David H. Sanders to order a sentence of one to five years in jail.

Before Huggans was indicted in May 2008 on the felony charge, he was convicted of five misdemeanor counts of domestic battery that involved his girlfriend dating to August 2002, according to court records.

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On Jan. 8, 2008, witnesses told police that the defendant knocked the victim to the ground and started jumping and stomping on her head and face, according to court records.

One witness told police that Huggans knocked the woman down and "grabbed a hold of the metal fence along King Street and used it for leverage in order to stomp on her head harder," according to a police complaint filed against Huggans.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones, who presented the state's evidence in the one-day trial, said the victim is the mother of two of Huggans' children.

The investigating officer said in his complaint that he found the victim lying on the side of King Street crying, with several large knots on her head and scratches on her arms.

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