Man convicted of unlawful assault

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon man was convicted of unlawful assault Thursday in Upshur County Circuit Court, officials said.

Upshur County Prosecuting Attorney Jake Reger said Friday that after 90 minutes of deliberation following a two-day trial, jurors found Joseph R. Loudin, 40, guilty of unlawful assault, a felony.

Loudin was indicted in May 2013 on the felony charge of unlawful assault after he allegedly attacked another man near Thompson’s Pharmacy on Main Street in Buckhannon .

“It was a situation where he (Loudin) started beating Brian Stewart with his fist,” Reger said.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of March 7, 2013, Reger added.

Loudin’s attorneys, Jeff Tripplett and George Tripplett of Elkins, have requested that a presentence investigation report be completed. Sentencing is set for March 13.

Loudin faces a possible penalty of imprisonment for one to five years in a state penitentiary or, in the alternative, up to 12 months of confinement in a regional jail and a fine of up to $500.

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