WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 3, 2012) — A Hazelgreen man could spend up to 30 years in state prison after attacking a man with a baseball bat on Friday evening, beating him so severely that, according to court documents, he sustained a skull fracture and brain bleed.
Tyrone Darrel Fellers, 48, faces Class A felony charges of first-degree assault accusing him of knowingly causing serious physical injury to another man by “beating (his) arm, leg and head with an aluminum bat.”
While Fellers has no prior criminal history in Missouri online court records, he lives just west of the Laclede-Pulaski county line near Hazelgreen, about a dozen miles away from the victim’s home, and is on the Laclede County sex offender registry (click here for link) for a case dating back to 2001 in which he pleaded guilty to raping the wife of a Navy sailor while she was under heavy sedation at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. That criminal case later led to the sailor and his wife receiving a $908,000 civil court judgment against the Army because of Fellers’ actions.
Federal court records indicate he was released from federal prison on June 27, 2008 (Click here for link)
Sheriff’s department logs indicate that deputies were called at 6:20 p.m. to a report of a physical disturbance with large pipe weapons on the 25000 grid of Seneca Lane, south of Interstate 44 off Highway H. Two deputies arrived at 6:24 p.m. and secured the scene but found that Fellers had fled; a third deputy arrived at 6:29 p.m.
Fellers didn’t flee far. He turned himself in at 6:32 p.m. in the lobby of the sheriff’s department. According to court records, Fellers took a deputy to his vehicle parked outside the sheriff’s department and retrieved the baseball bat, but when the deputy requested consent to search the vehicle, Fellers requested an attorney and was placed under arrest at 7 p.m.
According to court documents, the case began with an adultery accusation involving the male victim and one of Fellers’ relatives.
Fellers drove to the Seneca Lane residence, ran up to the front door, opened the front door, and “threw a package of pictures into the residence without consent” of the man and woman living in the residence.
Fellers then ran back toward his vehicle parked in the driveway and at first began to speak calmly with the man who lived there who had pulled his own vehicle behind Fellers’ vehicle. According to the deputy’s report, the woman living at the Seneca Lane residence “stated that there was a history of adultery between” Fellers’ relative and the Seneca Lane male resident.
“(The male resident) and Mr. Fellers began to argue and a physical altercation began,” according to court records. “(The male resident) stated that they became physical and then Mr. Fellers went back to his vehicle and retrieved a black aluminum bat from his vehicle. (The male resident) states that (Fellers) struck him once in the upper leg, twice in the left arm and once in the head, possibly twice.”
That attack led to a large laceration on the front of the victim’s head, a small laceration on the back of his head, and bruising on his arm and leg causing swelling on the arm.
The victim was initially transported to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital but later transferred to a Columbia hospital for advanced treatment after he was determined to have suffered a skull fracture and brain bleed.
Fellers was charged on Saturday and Associate Circuit Judge Colin Long set his bond at $250,000 cash or surety. He has since been arraigned. Long continued the bond in the same amount, and Fellers will next appear in court on Oct. 18 for a preliminary hearing.
Fellers could spend 10 to 30 years in state prison on the Class A felony charge, with life imprisonment as an option in certain especially serious cases.
That’s considerably more than the prior sex offense which landed him in prison for six and a half years. He’s also on the list of excluded Arkansas healthcare providers as of Dec. 18, 2003 for patient abuse/neglect as a nursing provider, and on the list of excluded Missouri healthcare providers
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His prior offense, according to online media reports at the time, was a 2001 sexual assault on the wife of a sailor at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. He pleaded guilty in 2002 just as the criminal trial was about to begin, and in a subsequent civil lawsuit, the Army had to pay $906,000 in damages to the wife and $90,000 to her husband. He was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, according to online federal court records. Click here for link to federal court actions.
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