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

Rocky Mount man indicted on malicious wounding charge
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Brian Keith Dawson

Monday, July 8, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man has been indicted on a malicious wounding charge after allegedly knocking a man's teeth out in the parking lot of a Ferrum convenience store.

Brian Keith Dawson, 23, was indicted last week on one count of wounding another person with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill.

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

The victim told police that the suspect, whom he identified as Dawson, had something in his hand when he struck him.

Dawson was arrested on April 24, and the reporting officer obtained a protective order for the victim.

Malicious wounding is a Class 3 felony, punishable by imprisonment for five to 20 years and a fine of up to $100,000.

However, 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.

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. If convicted of malicious wounding, Dawson could be ordered to serve the remaining time from the previous conviction.

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