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Charles Town man found guilty of domestic battery and domestic assault

Perrin Lee Carter was accused of beating his girlfriend so badly she was unable to eat solid foods

June 08, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man accused of beating his girlfriend so badly during a domestic altercation last year that she was unable to eat solid foods was found guilty Thursday of domestic battery and domestic assault.

But a Berkeley County Circuit Court jury found Perrin Lee Carter, 24, of Charles Town, W.Va., not guilty of a felony count of malicious assault, according to Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones.

Carter, 24, of 172 Crosswinds Drive faces up to 18 months in jail for the two misdemeanor convictions, Jones said.

Carter, who is scheduled to be sentenced on July 30, was denied post-conviction bail and placed in Eastern Regional Jail because he was convicted of a crime of violence, Jones said.

The altercation occurred on Aug. 14, 2011, and the victim suffered torn cartilage in her jaw, multiple bruises, cuts and scrapes on her face, stomach and legs, according to court documents.

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The victim believed Carter was going to throw her in front of an oncoming train, but she grabbed a tree and managed to hold on, according to Jones and court documents.

Carter weighed about 190 pounds and was trained in mixed martial arts, while the victim weighed 90 pounds at the time of the altercation, which happened in the vicinity of Polo Greene apartments, court records said.

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