Prosecution, defense strike deal in police officer battery case

Local - 3/28/2014 5:21 PM by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - A Beckley Police officer once accused of applying a martial arts maneuver on his then-girlfriend will likely avoid jail time.

In Raleigh County Court Friday, Bryan Atterson agreed to a provisional plea of misdemeanor battery. Under the conditions, Atterson will be on probation for one year and his originial charges will be dismissed. If he successfully completes the time without any other incidents, the new battery charge will also be dropped.

Atterson's probabtion term includes psychological treatment. Failure to follow through will result in 60 days of jail time.

Special Prosecutor Mike Cochrane told WOAY the plea was reached with the guidance and assistance of the victim. He believes the outcome of the case is "very satisfactory" for the victim and beneficial for the public.

"It shows that these kind of incidents will not be ignored, and that we take these incidents very serious, and that's the reason why we pled this case," Cochrane said. "We wanted this to hopefully teach a lesson to the public at large that again, these kind of things cannot happen."

Atterson was arrested in September on charges of domestic battery and unlawful detention after authorities say he applied the move on his then-girlfriend and knocked her to the ground causing her to hit her head. He was also accused of holding her in a chokehold until she almost passed out.

Cochrane said the outcome of the case is "absolutely not" just a slap on the wrist.

Atterson has no prior arrests.

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