Man jailed for breaking woman’s arm with baseball bat

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man must serve jail time for breaking a woman’s arm with a baseball bat during a fight last year.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Sherwood Maurice Brown, 58, of Rebel Ridge Road, Woodstock, in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Tuesday to seven years in prison for committing one count of malicious wounding. Hupp suspended five years of the term and ordered Brown to complete three years of supervised probation upon his release from incarceration. Hupp ordered Brown to have no contact with the victim. Malicious wounding carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

An agreement reached between Brown’s lawyer Charles Ramsey and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristen Zalenski called for the defendant to plead guilty to the felony charge. The agreement also included the punishment. Hupp accepted the plea agreement, noting that the punishment fell within state guidelines.

A physical altercation arose between Brown and the victim on Oct. 9, Zalenski said in her proffer of the commonwealth’s evidence. Brown took a wooden baseball bat and swung it at the victim, striking and breaking her arm, Zalenski said. Brown at first denied hitting the victim when interviewed by law enforcement. Brown later told officers he tried to hit the victim’s boyfriend. Brown said the victim came between the two men and sustained the blow.

The victim suffered some complications after the incident but continues to recover, Zalenski said. The victim is aware of the agreement. Zalenski said she had not heard back from the victim pertaining to an amount of restitution the defendant should pay.

Ramsey did not object to the proffer as presented. Later, as Hupp asked Brown about his understanding of the agreement and disposition, Ramsey said his client would claim he swung at the victim’s boyfriend in self-defense.