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Staunton man charged with several felonies

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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Amos Hellman
A Staunton man has been formally charged for his alleged involvement in a domestic dispute Sunday night.

The Clay County Prosecutor's Office filed formal charges against Amos J. Hellman, 31, late Monday.

Hellman was charged with a class C felony charge of battery resulting in bodily injury and five class D felony charges of domestic battery, strangulation, criminal confinement, intimidation and criminal recklessness resulting in severe bodily injury.

According to court documents, as officers of the Clay County Sheriff's Department investigated a verbal argument they discovered Hellman had allegedly beaten and strangled an unidentified victim with his hands, fists and apparently a hammer.

Officials confirmed the incident took place within "sight or hearing" of two juveniles under the age of 16.

Because Hellman allegedly has issued ongoing threats of violence if the victim reported any of the prior incidents, officials said they believe the abuse has occurred before.

If convicted of all charges, Hellman faces up to a maximum of 23 years imprisonment and the potential of $10,000 for each of the six charges.

Hellman is expected to formally appear before Judge Blaine Akers in Clay Superior Court sometime today per court scheduling.

He is being held in the Clay County Justice Center on a $25,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowable.


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This man is an animal!!! He needs to get the full 23 years.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 10:59 PM

1. Everything written says "allegedly".

2. If his "woman" is so bad, why stay with her?

3. No excuse for a man to hit a woman. Ever.

4. The police don't make arrests on 'heresay' ma'am.

The article reads: five class D felony charges of domestic battery, strangulation, criminal confinement, intimidation and criminal recklessness resulting in severe bodily injury.

Domestic batter, strangulation, confinement and recklessness resulting in bodily injury isn't a "story". There was "evidence" to support the woman's claim or he wouldn't have been arrested.

Is she lying? Maybe. Do you LIVE with them? I doubt it. You have no way of knowing what he's capable of (or her, for that matter) unless you live there.

Let's not be quick to hang him .. but let's not be so quick to paint him as a saint, either.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 10:23 AM

i am not painting him a saint but u cant help who u love and i have witnessed first hand a woman claiming abuse and a man goes to jail for no reason yeah the charges may get dropped when the court finds proof, if they even care enough to try but the man still gets painted a bad guy. I never said he was perfect i only said he is not what they are claiming. The Justice system does not always work and sometimes people are to quick to judge. People stay together for lots of reasons like maybe he loves her and love makes people do some stupid things. Not all people but some people.

-- Posted by mom of3 on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 11:28 AM

She, the "woman", should go into the acting business if she can pull this off and it was a hoax!

I am guessing based on the charges filed that there were more than accusations made.

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 12:19 PM

Ok, I've read the article 3 times. Where does it say anything about a woman? It says victim. And of course he's just a poor victim himself. But then this is the same bunch who places no responsiblity on a person who gets their car stolen after leaving the keys in the ignition.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 12:37 PM


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