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Suit seeks $350,000 for injuries in beating

By Joe Beck - jbeck@nvdaily.com

A lawsuit filed in Warren County Circuit Court on Friday against a Front Royal man seeks $350,000 as compensation for injuries the plaintiff received in a beating two years ago.

The suit by Jacob Ansel Huston accuses Matthew Daniel Wayland of severely damaging Huston's right knee in what the complaint describes as "a brutal beating" delivered "with no warning, from behind at the plaintiff's place of employment, while plaintiff was next to his work vehicle putting on a shirt . . ."

The complaint filed by attorney David Silek of Manassas states Wayland attacked Huston on July 7, 2010 at a house on 224 E. 6th St., Front Royal, as Huston worked on the building in his role as owner of Jacob Huston's Home Repairs.

The complaint accuses Wayland of delivering a series of blows with his fists and feet that sent Huston down a set of concrete stairs.

The complaint states: "Upon impact with the bottom of the stairs, the plaintiff felt severe pain to his right knee. The defendant continued striking the plaintiff as he was on the ground with his fists and feet, jumping upon the knee and leg of the plaintiff repeatedly with great force.

"The plaintiff then attempted to flee the situation, but was unable to do so because of the severe injuries to his knee and connective tissues, tendons and muscles . . ."

The complaint also states that Wayland's wife, who was in the street in Wayland's vehicle, left the vehicle and was egging on her husband with a series of profane comments.

The complaint states that the beating continued until the owner of the house "pleaded with the defendant to stop and stated she was calling the police."

The complaint states that Wayland fled the scene and police were called. They charged Wayland with assault and battery, according to the complaint.

The statewide court database shows a charge of misdemeanor assault was filed against Wayland in General District Court for an offense listed as July 7, 2010. The case's final disposition was listed as nolle prosequi, meaning the prosecution decided not to pursue the case.

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