Charges dropped in assault case

WOODSTOCK – An attorney representing the Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney dropped charges Friday against a Woodstock man accused of assault.

Prosecuting attorney Angela Landes released the charges against Sirreginald Benton when the four witnesses who had been subpoenaed to testify failed to show up in Shenandoah County General District Court.

District Judge Amy T. Tisinger remarked as much when she dismissed the case.

“I’m going to note here that despite subpoenas, all the alleged victims failed to appear,” she said.

After the hearing, Benton said he’s not bitter about the case, just glad it’s over.

“This kind of thing happens, family disputes,” he said. “The police did their job, but it was really just a waste of time.”

When asked, Landes said she had no idea where the witnesses were during the hearing or why they didn’t show up. However, she said failures to appear when subpoenaed are a common occurrence.

Benton’s charges came from an incident Aug. 9 when deputies with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at 249 Lakeview Drive. There, witnesses told deputies Benton threatened at least three individuals with a hammer.

Landes said the Commonwealth is not likely to reinstate the charges. That decision will be made after representatives from her office reach out to the witnesses.

Benton has be in court on related charges. In March, the court found Benton guilty of a separate assault. Likewise, in October, Tisinger dismissed assault charges against Benton after ordering a deferred disposition on the charge in July.

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