POINT PLEASANT — Two men from Meigs County in Ohio have entered into plea agreements after being accused of assaulting a man at the Mason County Fair last year.
James M. Gray V, 21 and Garrett C. Hall, 19, both of Pomeroy, appeared before Judge Thomas C. Evans III in Mason County Circuit Court, both entering pleas to the misdemeanor offense of battery.
Gray and Hall, along with Allen R. Brickles, 21, also of Pomeroy, were charged in a joint indictment last year after an incident that allegedly occurred on the Mason County Fairgrounds during the county fair Aug. 9, 2013. Brickles, Gray and Hall were all accused of committing assault by allegedly maliciously wounding L.D. Pyles, age and address unreported, and causing bodily injury to Pyles with the intent to permanently maim, disfigure, disable or kill him.
Brickles was indicted for alleged malicious assault, conspiracy, battery (five counts), destruction of property (two counts), public intoxication and underage consumption. Both Gray and Hall were indicted for alleged malicious assault, conspiracy, battery, destruction of property, public intoxication and underage consumption.
According to their plea agreements, in exchange for the plea of guilty to battery, the state will move the court to dismiss the other counts against Gray and Hall. The sentence for this misdemeanor battery is confinement in jail for not more than 12 months or fined not more than $500, or both.
Gray and Hall are to reappear before Evans at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15 for sentencing.
Brickles is still set to take his case to trial. Last month, his attorney Seth Harper filed a motion to continue the trial that is now set to go at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 5 — the same week that this year’s Mason County Fair will be under way. Also, Brickles was charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly intentionally making physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with five others at the scene.
The three men were arrested by deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, who conducted the investigation. Representing Hall was Attorney Rebecca Johnson while Gray was represented by Attorney Michael Eachus. Representing the state was Mason County Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson and Assistant Prosecutor Sherry Eling.