Berryman Found Guilty Of Attempted Malicious Wounding
According to Tyler County Prosecuting Attorney Luke Furbee, a Tyler County jury found Joshua D. Berryman, 40, of Sistersville, guilty of the felony offense of attempted malicious wounding, and the misdemeanor offenses of fleeing a police officer and obstructing an officer.
The trial ended on Friday, Aug. 3 when it was determined that Mr. Berryman fled, obstructed, and attempted to commit malicious wounding upon Patrolman Anthony Lauer of the Sistersville Police Department on January 3, 2018. Lauer was attempting to serve Mr. Berryman with a capias warrant issued by Tyler County Magistrate Court.
D. Luke Furbee, Tyler County Prosecuting Attorney, represented the State in the trial.
Berryman was previously indicted on the felony charge of attempted malicious wounding, was given a second count of obstructing an officer, a third count of fleeing from an police officer, and a fourth count of brandishing a deadly weapon.
Prosecutor Furbee, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, confirmed the fourth count, “brandishing a deadly weapon,” was merged with “attempted malicious wounding.” Furbee said this count was not dismissed, but was a lessor included offense.
The jury found Berryman guilty of the greater offense.