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W.Va. Prosecutor Wants Trial on Abuse Charges


A West Virginia prosecutor is asking to go to trial on misdemeanor domestic violence charges instead of participating in an intervention program.

Mark Plants is charged with domestic battery of his 11-year-old son. Prosecutors say Plants hit the boy more than 10 times with a leather belt on Feb. 22.

He also is charged with violating a domestic-violence protection order. The order required that Plants stay away from his ex-wife and their sons.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Plants’ lawyer asked a magistrate Monday to set trial dates on the charges.

Last month Plants signed the agreement to attend the 32-week batterers intervention program in Putnam County. The charges could have been dropped upon completion of the program.