Man arrested for domestic battery for allegedly hitting another person with dishes

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly hitting a person with a porcelain plate.

James Michael Williams, 47, of Buckhannon, was arrested Saturday for two counts of domestic battery third offense, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Sgt. Darin Hissam with the Buckhannon Police Department, on Oct. 1, 2020, Williams allegedly forcibly pushed the female victim up against a wall by her throat, using his hand, according to a witness.

The witness attempted to intervene but was allegedly shoved to the ground by Williams, the file says.

According to the report, Williams allegedly struck the victim with a porcelain plate and subsequently struck the witness on the leg with a square porcelain bowl. The witness called 911, and Williams then reportedly fled the residence.

The victim also left the residence and drove off in another vehicle with unknown injuries. The witness suffered a bruise and small cut on his lower left leg. Williams had a prior no contest plea for domestic battery second offense Feb. 7, 2012, the file says.

Bail was set at $40,000.

The potential penalty for a conviction of domestic battery third offense is confinement for not less than one year, nor more than five years and the court may impose a fine not less than $3,000 nor more than $5,000.

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