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Woodford man convicted in vicious beating
A Caroline County man was found guilty of aggravated malicious wounding Wednesday for severely beating a man and leaving him to die in a ditch.
Shane Aubin Nerschl of Woodford was convicted in Caroline Circuit Court on the first day of what was supposed to be a two-day trial.
On May 28, 2011, Nerschl hosted a party at his home on Bowie Lane, where a small group of friends were drinking heavily and playing music.
According to several witness testimonies, a Spotsylvania man came to the party and had a disagreement with another man at the party, Reginald Richardson of Fredericksburg.
The Spotsylvania man later came behind Richardson and stabbed him twice in the chest with a pocket knife, witnesses said in court.
A group of men then approached the man who was waving the knife at them.
Richardson admitted that after he was stabbed he punched the man twice and knocked him unconcious, but then left the area to tend to his wound. He had been a co-defendant in the case and has served eight months in jail, but his charges were dropped Wednesday due to self-defense.
Larry Booth, a mutual friend of the Nerschl and the victim, testified that while the victim was unconcious, Nerschl proceeded to punch him in the face, stomp him with his boots and urinate on him. The victim was left laying in a ditch on the side of the road.
Booth said he Nerschl “threatened to kill me and eat my spleen if I told anyone.”
He later returned to the scene and found the victim a short distance away and called 911.
The victim, who said he is a tattoo artist, testified that he has no memory of the stabbing, the beating or what happened that day.
All he remembers is waking up in the hospital being unable to talk or swallow.
He testified that he suffered a broken jaw, sternum and ribs, a deflated lung, a fractured skull, a crushed throat and he also lost two teeth and one of his vocal cords as a result of the beating.
“I had a four-bedroom home, seven acres of lane and a full-time job, but since this has happened I’m homeless because I can’t work,” he told Judge Joseph Ellis.
Nerschl did not take the stand during trial. A sentencing is scheduled for May 10.
Aggravated malicious wounding is a Class 2 felony punishable by a minimum of 20 years in jail and a maximum of life in prison, and a fine of up to $100,000.
“Mr. Nerschl was justified in being upset that his friend was stabbed, but nobody deserves to be beaten when they’re unconcious the way the victim was in this case,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Spencer.