3 Convicted in Charlottesville Downtown Mall Assault
Four people involved in an alleged assault on Charlottesville's downtown mall appeared in court Friday, and all but one were found guilty.
A couple who claims two men beat them on Charlottesville’s downtown mall faced their alleged attackers in court - but those alleged attackers also pressed charges, so all four faced misdemeanor assault charges. Friday in Charlottesville General District Court, all but one were found guilty.
A Charlottesville judge found Jeanne Doucette, Richmond Spears and Malcolm Stevenson all guilty on their misdemeanor assault charges. Marc Adams was found not guilty.
Doucette and Adams claimed Spears and Stevenson attacked them after a night at the bars. While Adams admits he can't remember the attack because he had also been drinking, Doucette testified Friday in court that the two were punched, slapped and kicked.
After the incident happened, Doucette posted pictures on Facebook of the two men who she says attacked her - a representation that's very inaccurate, the suspects say. That's why Spears and Stevenson also pressed assault charges against Doucette and Adams.
Friday, Spears did not testify in court. His attorney says he was drunk the night of the attack. Stevenson testified Spears tried to swing at Doucette but he jumped in to prevent a fight.
A bouncer who saw the altercation from down the mall and a man sitting in the area where it took place both testified in court. Neither could say they saw any actual punches.
Charlottesville police officers also testified in court, specifically about what kind of injuries the victims had. An officer said Adams had blood in the area of his mouth and looked swollen.
The judge said Doucette must pay $100. Spears was sentenced to 180 days in jail, 140 suspended on the condition of good behavior. Spears can not contact Adams and Doucette. Stevenson was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 50 suspended on the condition of good behavior.
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