By Ben Orcutt -- email@example.com
FRONT ROYAL -- A town man faces life in prison after being charged with aggravated malicious wounding.
Glenn E. Sovereign Jr., 32, of 228 S. Royal Ave., is charged with aggravated malicious wounding of James Vaughn on July 29.
If convicted, Sovereign faces a possible prison sentence of 20 years to life and/or a $100,000 fine, according to Front Royal police investigator Crystal M. Hirsch.
Sovereign remains free after posting $500 secured bond pending a Sept. 22 appearance in Warren County General District Court.
Hirsch says she completed a criminal complaint form to obtain the felony warrant against Sovereign. However, court clerk Rhonda McDaniel said she could not find the complaint form in court files after two separate searches.
When asked if there normally is a presumption against bond in an aggravated malicious wounding case, Hirsch replied, "Yes, I believe it is. It's up to the magistrates to follow their guidelines and checklist to determine what kind of bond is set."
Court records indicate that the bond was set by magistrate Deane K. Allen. Court records also indicate that Sovereign has an extensive history of misdemeanor convictions in Warren County.
Hirsch said the commonwealth attorney's office can appeal the bond.
"It's definitely up to the commonwealth if they want to pursue that," she said.
Commonwealth's Attorney Brian M. Madden did not respond to two e-mails on Friday asking him if his office intended to appeal the bond.
Vaughn, 42, said Friday he suffered a broken jaw as a result of the incident, which will require his mouth to be wired shut for seven weeks. He declined further comment.
Sovereign also is charged with misdemeanor assault and battery of Mike Stone on July 29 in a related, but separate incident. A class I misdemeanor, assault and battery carries a maximum punishment of 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.
Hirsch says in a complaint on file in General District Court that Stone went to Sovereign's residence on July 29 to confront him about being upset that Stone's wife called 911 about the assault of Vaughn.
"A verbal disagreement ensued and Mike Stone turned and started to walk out the doorway," Hirsch says. "At that time Sovereign ran over to Stone and started yelling at him about walking away from him. Sovereign then punched Mike in the face and they both went down on the ground. Sovereign kept punching Stone and grabbed Stone's testicles. Adam Hines pushed Sovereign off of Stone."