Man maliciously assaults girlfriend

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man remains in jail after threatening to kill his girlfriend and causing her bodily harm. Timothy “TJ” Ray Spangler, Jr., age 33, was charged with second offense domestic battery, domestic assault and felony malicious assault on September 27, according to court documents.

The criminal complaint stated that the accused caused his girlfriend, Ashley Hamlin, bodily harm when he grabbed her hair and threw her to the ground. He also reportedly retrieved an extension cord and used it in attempt to strangle her. When Spangler wrapped the cord around Hamlin, it allegedly got caught in the victim’s mouth causing injury. The report said there were marks on Hamlin’s mouth and neck, and the assault caused her to have neck and back pain.

Spangler also reportedly forced the victim’s face into the couch cushions, while he threatened to kill her and said he would have Alan Stanley help him bury her body. 

Spangler remains at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a combined bond set by Magistrate Mike Coffman in the amount of $125,000. Spangler is to have absolutely no contact with Ashley Hamlin and must appear for a compliancy hearing no less than every 60 days during the pendency of the case. 

If convicted, Spangler faces 60 days to one year in jail and/or fine up to $1,000 on the charge of second offense domestic battery. He could be sentenced up to six months imprisonment and/or fine up to $1,000 for the offense of domestic assault, and Spangler could also serve two to 10 years in prison for the malicious assault charge. 


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