The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Brian Keith Dawson
Monday, October 15, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount man will serve five weekends in jail after being found guilty Thursday of assault and battery in the beating of an Elvis impersonator in April.
Brian Keith Dawson, 22, was indicted in July on a malicious wounding charge, but Judge W.N. Alexander II found him guilty of the lesser charge and sentenced him to 12 months in jail, according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Deatherage.
The jail time was suspended, except for the five weekends, on the conditions that Dawson be of good behavior for two years and have no contact with the victim.
Dawson was also ordered to pay nearly $2,000 in medical bills, incurred by the victim, whose injuries required three stitches, Deatherage said.
The victim, a 25-year-old Boones Mill man, said he was at the Shell Station in Boones Mill on April 23 when the defendant struck him in the face at least five times with a closed fist.
The victim said he was alone at the gas pumps and felt threatened by Dawson and two other individuals in a Toyota truck who were staring at him. He said he threw up his arms and told Dawson he had a pistol and was able to use it.
That was when the defendant got out of his vehicle, walked up to the victim and began hitting him in the face.
The victim sustained a laceration above his left eye.
The victim said he did not know the defendant before the incident, but he was able to pick Dawson out of a photo array, according to Deputy R.L. Davis.