Man faces felony domestic battery charge after allegedly striking son

BUCKHANNON — A 41-year-old Buckhannon man was arrested for domestic battery, third offense after an incident involving his juvenile son Wednesday.

Clinton Vachel Thompson, 41, of Buckhannon, was arrested for domestic battery, third offense, a felony, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office.

Investigating officer Sgt. William Courtney with the Buckhannon Police Department was among four officers who responded to a Pinnell Street residence in response to a domestic battery complaint on Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, officers met the 17-year-old juvenile victim, who is in an electric wheelchair, on Meadow Street after the alleged incident.

“According to the victim, he was arguing with his sister when his father, Thompson, started yelling at him,” the file alleges. “The father, the defendant, then went into the kitchen where the victim was. The defendant then struck the victim with a closed fist on the right side of his face.”

Courtney observed a red mark on the victim’s face and said a juvenile witness who was present also provided a statement to police.

Thompson has prior domestic battery charges with conviction dates of July 3, 2004 and October 14, 2005, according to the file.

The possible penalty for domestic battery, third offense is confinement in jail for not less than one nor more than five years, and/or a fine of not more than $2,500. Magistrate Mark Davis set a $5,000 cash bond, which has been posted.

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