Last updated: November 15. 2013 9:48AM - 3679 Views
Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com



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WILLIAMSON - A Mingo County resident that is no stranger to local law enforcement and who has an extensive arrest record has once again, been taken into custody after receiving information that a warrant had been obtained against him for a crime that allegedly occurred in August of this year.


Byron Jerome (Bi-Ju) Young, 29, of Joseph Avenue in Williamson, is accused of entering without breaking into the residence of victim Melissaa Hall, with the full intentions of disfiguring the female by punching her multiple times in her right eye and the side of her face with a closed fist. The victim experienced severe facial injuries and was transported to the emergency room of the Williamson Memorial Hospital by STAT Ambulance service, where she required a large number of stiches to close the wound, and also had to undergo surgery to save the sight in the eye.


Young was read his miranda rights and was placed under arrest after turning himself in to the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, and was charged with nighttime burglary and malicious wounding. If convicted, the defendant could be sentenced to a possible prison of 1-19 years on the malicious wounding charge, as well as 1-15 years for the offense of nighttime burglary.


Young was arraigned before Special Magistrate Kim Blair, who was assigned on a temporary basis to replace Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler who resigned from office last month, and was released from custody after posting a $40,000 property/surety bond. The defendant will be appearing in magistrate court within the next 20 days for a preliminary hearing. Young was also ordered to have no contact whatsoever with the victim.


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