Upshur man charged with domestic battery


BUCKHANNON — A man who allegedly put his girlfriend in a choke hold last week has been arrested for domestic battery third offense, a felony.

On Monday, March 18, John Squires, 27, of French Creek, allegedly put the victim in a choke hold, taking her to the ground and causing a red mark on her neck while trying to choke her out, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

The incident happened at the home of the victim on Cleveland Avenue, police said. Buckhannon police officer Angel McCauley arrested Squires for the incident over the weekend and he was arraigned before Magistrate Kay Hurst who set bond at $75,000 cash.

Squires has prior domestic battery convictions from Nov. 6, 2014 and Dec. 16, 2014 and June 23, 2016.

If convicted, Squires faces confinement in a correctional facility for one to five years and/or fined not more than $2,500, or both.