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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Rocky Mount man jailed for assault conviction
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Brian Keith Dawson

Monday, October 28, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man will serve 12 months in jail for knocking a man's teeth out in the parking lot of a Ferrum convenience store in April.

Brian Keith Dawson, 23, was found guilty of assault and battery Thursday in Franklin County Circuit Court.

Dawson was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, along with $2,034 restitution for the victim's medical bills, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage. The fine could be suspended once the restitution is paid.

Dawson was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.

The fight occurred on April 23 when Dawson struck a North Carolina man in the face, causing a laceration from his lip to his left jaw inside his mouth, Deatherage said. The blow knocked out two of the victim's teeth.

The victim told police that Dawson had something in his hand when he struck him.

In addition to the 12 months, Dawson could face even more jail time from a previous assault and battery conviction from a similar incident in April 2012 when he beat an Elvis impersonator in a Boones Mill convenience store parking lot.

At that time, Dawson was sentenced to 12 months in jail, but that time was suspended, except for five weekends, on the condition that Dawson be of good behavior for two years.

Deatherage is asking that the suspended time be revoked, so Dawson could be ordered to serve the remaining time from the previous conviction.

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