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Roland Wendel Booher Jr.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A southeast Roanoke man was sentenced to nine months in jail Tuesday for assaulting a woman as she drove him in her car.
Roland Wendel Booher Jr., 37, initially had been charged with malicious wounding in the May 2011 incident, but at a bench trial in February he was convicted of assault and battery, a less serious offense.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Alice Ekirch said that the complainant in the case, Debra Williamson, told police Booher had attacked her as they rode together on Orange Avenue Northeast near King Street. Ekirch said Williamson and Booher were in a relationship at the time.
Williamson was treated at a Roanoke hospital for a concussion, a split lip, a sprained neck and wrist, and bruises to the face, head and neck, but was not admitted to the hospital, according to records filed in court.
Roanoke Circuit Court Judge William Broadhurst sentenced Booher to nine months, with the option of serving that time on work release. He was taken into custody immediately after the hearing Tuesday.
In 2008, Booher was convicted of assault and battery in Roanoke and served three months on that charge, online court records show.
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