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Disposition deferred in assault case

Charge may be dismissed after six-month period

By Ben Orcutt - borcutt@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- A Warren County man charged with misdemeanor assault and battery arising out of an incident in which he was the victim of an alleged malicious wounding received a deferred disposition Wednesday in General District Court.

Brian Keith Striker, 30, was charged with pushing his father-in-law, Kevin Warren Brennan, 56, during a May 23 incident at Brennan's residence at 653 Lower Valley Road, Strasburg, where Striker and his wife, Mary Brennan, were residing.

Brennan has been indicted by a Circuit Court grand jury on separate counts of malicious wounding against Brian Striker and his daughter, Mary Brennan, and one count of maliciously wounding Striker and causing him permanent physical impairment.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Elizabeth Bradley told General District Judge W. Dale Houff on Wednesday that because Striker suffered the "brunt" of the injuries during the incident with Brennan, that the commonwealth recommended that he be given deferred disposition for six months, be of good behavior and enroll in a batterer's intervention program.

Houff said that if Striker completes the intervention program and is of good behavior for six months and has paid court costs, he should be able to dismiss the charge when the case comes up for review Feb. 17 at 10 a.m.

Neither Striker nor his court-appointed attorney, D. Eric Wiseley of Strasburg, had any comment following Wednesday's proceeding.

Striker has another pending legal issue involving being behind on child support payments to another woman, according to Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court records.

Mary Brennan testified at her father's June 27 preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court that she, Striker, their 2-year-old daughter and her 5-year-old son were living with her father and did not pay rent.

She told the court that on May 23, she and her husband and father had all been drinking. She said she got into an argument with her father over a $211 electric bill when she suggested that her aunt, who also lives in the home, should chip in. Mary Brennan said her 17-year-old brother also lives at the house.

Mary Brennan said that Striker intervened on her behalf and after her father got within inches of Striker's face, Striker pushed him onto a screen door. She said her father struck Striker with a dining room chair in the head as Striker turned to walk way, adding that her father swung the chair again, striking Striker and her in the head after she and her husband fell to the floor.

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