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Pool-hall brawl in Fredericksburg settled without jail time

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A man who sent another man to the hospital by hitting him with a pool stick earlier this year was given a suspended sentence Thursday after pleading guilty to a reduced charge.

Guy Comer Amburgey Jr., 51, of Stafford County was convicted in Fredericksburg General District Court of assault and battery—a misdemeanor—as part of a deal worked out by prosecutor Alan Budny and defense attorney Allen Bareford.

Amburgey received a suspended 12-month jail sentence and agreed to pay the victim’s medical bills, which totaled $1,064.

According to the evidence, the 33-year-old victim was causing a disturbance the evening of Feb. 20 at the Recreation Center at 213 William St. in Fredericksburg. The bartender asked him to leave, and at some point Amburgey also told the man to go.

During the ensuing commotion, Amburgey hit the man with a pool stick, splitting the victim’s ear. The victim was on the sidewalk bleeding profusely when police arrived that evening. Amburgey, who was still in the pool hall, was arrested on a felony malicious wounding charge.

In court Thursday, the victim asked Judge John R. Stevens to not put Amburgey in jail.

Bareford said that had the case proceeded on the felony charge, Amburgey would have claimed self-defense.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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