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Georgia man found guilty of assaulting West Virginia State Trooper

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MERCER COUNTY, WV (WVVA) -

A Georgia man charged in the assault on a West Virginia State Trooper is found guilty during bench trial held in Mercer County.

Michael Lowery was found guilty of battery on a police officer, unlawful assault on a government employee, and obstructing. He faces up to seven years in prison. 

According to court documents, Lowery assaulted Senior Trooper J.R. Tupper with the officer's expandable baton outside a Princeton department store in June 2015.

Circuit Court Judge William Sadler presided over the bench trial. 


Post by Courtney Clark

MERCER COUNTY -- A Georgia man accused of assaulting a West Virginia State Trooper will learn his fate Thursday.

Circuit Court Judge William Sadler is presiding over the trial in Mercer County.

According to the criminal complaint, on June 10, 2015, Michael Wayne Lowery, was able to gain control of Senior Trooper J.R. Tupper's ASP Expandable Baton and hit the officer in the back of the head several times. Tupper had to be hospitalized for his injuries. 

Lowery was indicted in February of this year on charges of battery on a police officer, malicious assault on a government representative and obstructing an officer.

A bench trial was held on Tuesday and a decision is expected during a conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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