By Joe Beck -- email@example.com
FRONT ROYAL -- A Front Royal man received a five-year year prison sentence Monday, most of it suspended, as a result of a punch he threw that left the victim with severe head injuries.
Warren County Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp also ordered the defendant, Kailib I. Ford, 22, of 128 E. 19th St., to pay nearly $10,000 restitution to several medical providers who treated the victim for his injuries.
Hupp also ordered Ford to participate in an anger management program and suspended four of the five-year prison sentence. The 10 months Ford has already served in jail will count toward the one year of the sentence that was not suspended.
Hupp also sentenced Ford to four years supervised probation and ordered him to stay away from the victim, David Glynn Hoyle Jr.
Court records state that Ford punched Hoyle in the face after they left the Royal Oak Tavern around closing time April 10. They and another man, Richard Feaster III, walked into the Bluemont Inn on Shenandoah Avenue where a confrontation began. Court records describe Feaster as a co-defendant in the case who was sentenced to 30 years in prison with 20 years suspended after he pleaded guilty to robbery.
Ford punched Hoyle in the face, dropping him to the ground, according to court testimony and records. He and Feaster then walked away. Ford told Crystal Cline, a Front Royal police detective, that Feaster took Hoyle's wallet out of the victim's pocket. Ford and Feaster then left him snoring on the ground and headed for the Shenandoah Motel.
A summary of the case compiled by Cline said Hoyle was operated on several days later.
Doctors inserted a metal plate into his face to repair an eye socket that was crushed to the nerves by Ford's punch.
After hearing several witnesses that included a former high school teacher and a minister testify on Ford's behalf, Hupp said he was puzzled about how someone who left such a favorable impression on them could also produce a criminal record that included four previous convictions for misdemeanor assault plus one suspension from school as a juvenile for fighting.
Hupp said Ford's case reminded him of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a reference to a 19th century novel about a man with a personality divided between good and evil.
A victim impact statement filed by Hoyle with the state Crime Victim Compensation Board lists lingering injuries from the punch he took. They include severe memory loss, depression and permanent nerve damage to the face.
"I have severe nerve damage," he wrote. "I am always looking over my shoulder because I was attacked from behind. I can't remember being attacked. When I came to, I was in the hospital."
Hupp ordered Ford to pay restitution of $3,572 to Warren Memorial Hospital, $4,488 to Winchester Oral Surgery and $1,275 to Winchester Anesthesiologists for a total of $9,335.
Referring to conflicting statements from Hoyle, Ford and Feaster about events before and after the punch was thrown, Hupp said the only certainty was that Ford had knocked Hoyle down with the blow.
"The evidence is pretty clear," Hupp said. "Mr. Ford struck Mr. Hoyle and that is the only concrete evidence we have of the cause of Mr. Hoyle's injury."