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Repeat abuser sentenced to prison

Man had multiple convictions stemming from assaults on women in family or household, including his mother

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- A Front Royal man was sentenced to one year and four months in prison Monday after being convicted of assault and battery for the sixth time in less than five years.

All of the convictions against Edwin J. Fox, 24, of 363 Kendrick Lane, involved attacks on women who were either family members, household members or live-in girlfriends. Two of the convictions came for assault and battery against his mother.

Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Fox to five years in prison, and suspended three years and eight months of the sentence. Fox also received three years probation.

Hupp said the string of convictions made it clear to him that Fox had to go to prison.

"Mr. Fox is a violent individual," Hupp said during the hearing. "He needs to understand the next time he hits somebody, he's going to suffer the consequences."

The criminal complaint for the most recent charge of assault and battery against Fox states that Front Royal police officer K.E. Orndorff was called to Fox's apartment Feb. 26 to answer a noise complaint. The complaint states that Fox told Orndorff that he and his wife, Melissa Fox, had been arguing. Fox told the officer he pushed his wife and pulled her hair during the argument.

Court records also show Fox was convicted of assault and battery against his mother in December 2006 and November 2007. He was also convicted for assault and battery against one woman with whom he was living in December 2006 and twice in 2008 against a woman identified as a live-in girlfriend.

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