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Brooksville man guilty of felony battery


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BROOKSVILLE With jurors waiting in the wings, Assistant State Attorney Rob Lewis and attorney Lisa Yeager reached an agreement Wednesday morning that will give William Xavier Glover 11 months and 29 days in the Hernando County Jail for a 2011 battery.

A jury Tuesday night found Glover’s brother, Derius Glover, guilty of burglary of a dwelling with a battery. Several defense witnesses testified that it was William Glover, not his brother, who returned to a party in early May 2012 with a baseball bat, striking a man in the head.

Lewis said that because of the jury finding Derius Glover guilty, the State would drop the principal to battery charge against William Glover.

Before sentencing, Yeager asked Judge Daniel Merritt Jr. to withhold adjudication on the 20 year old, saying her client has no previous felony charges, and that he was coming off of prescription medication when he committed the 2011 battery – which was not related to his brother’s 2012 case.

Yeager said Glover will have a better chance at raising his child if he does not have a felony on his record, and that William intends to help raise Derius’ twins, as his brother faces up to life in prison as a prison release re-offender.

“He’s young, we do not want to ruin his life,” Yeager said.

Merritt did, however, adjudicate Glover guilty of the felony battery charge. While giving a brief overview of the case, Lewis said many facts of the dispute were “unclear,” but that the State was prepared to prove Glover knocked out the tooth of his victim, and cause several lacerations.

Glover will serve 11 months and 29 days in the county jail for the charge, which is punishable by a maximum of up to 5 years in prison. He has 299 days of time served credit, and was ordered to pay $742 in restitution, on top of more than $1,000 in court costs.

Merritt wished Glover luck, and said he made the “appropriate decision” by accepting the plea deal.

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