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Twigg pleads no contest to misdemeanor battery

September 14, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
  • Glenville Twigg
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A former Martinsburg city councilman accused of hitting a woman at his former business with a wooden club in April 2008 pleaded no contest Tuesday to one misdemeanor count of battery in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Glenville L. Twigg, 65, was fined $50 and ordered to pay court costs as part of a plea agreement reached with the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

A misdemeanor count of assault was dismissed.

Twigg was told by presiding Jefferson County Magistrate William "Bill" Senseney that he could have been sentenced to as much as a year in jail and fined as much as $500 for the battery conviction.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Saunders told the court that the victim, Tammy Snow, contacted the prosecuting attorney's office Monday and indicated she had a death in the family. Snow was not present for the hearing.

"She is not owed any restitution from the defendant," Saunders said.

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Saunders told the court that Snow's medical expenses were paid through the state Crime Victims Compensation Fund.

Twigg, who initially was charged with a felony count of malicious wounding, was indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury on the two misdemeanor charges in February 2009.

In a preliminary hearing in August 2008, Snow testified that she was struck twice with a wooden club by the former Ward 4 city councilman in a confrontation at Twiggy's Subs at 110 N. Centre St. in Martinsburg on April 24, 2008.

Snow testified that she received six stitches for a head wound, and the side of her torso was bruised.

Twigg's attorney, Paul G. Taylor, who argued in the preliminary hearing that the state's evidence "at most proved a battery" and not malicious wounding, said Tuesday that his client was relieved the charges against him had been resolved.

"I think Mr. Twigg and his family are happy to put this behind them and move on," Taylor said after the hearing.

Snow testified in the 2008 hearing that she went to the store to talk to Twigg about why he supposedly called her adult-age sons "drug addicts" and "bums" while they were attempting to purchase food with a food stamp debit card.

After calling Twigg on the phone, Snow testified that he told her to come to the store if she wanted to discuss what happened with her sons.

When she arrived there, an argument ensued, which was followed by an altercation, according to court records.

Twigg finished last among council-at-large candidates in the city's municipal election in June 2008. He was on the Martinsburg City Council for 14 years when he was defeated by Frank Idoni in 2004 by four votes.

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