Grand jury indicts former HRRJ correctional officer on felony charges

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PORTSMOUTH, Va.  (WAVY) — A former correctional officer at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail has been indicted on felony charges of malicious wounding and strangulation.

The indictment, handed up Thursday, accuses Dale P. Barnes of causing bodily injury to Skyler Peacock with the “intent to disable” on January 9th, 2018. 

Peacock was and remains in custody at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail.

The indictment reads that Barnes “did impede the blood circulation or respiration” of Peacock by applying pressure to his neck. 

This comes less than a week after the Office of the Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney said it was seeking an indictment against Barnes in connection to an alleged incident from January.

Barnes was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery in November for the same incident. Those charges were withdrawn in court last month. 

However in a criminal complaint, Peacock describes being “attacked” by officer Barnes as he was going to get his pills.

“He lunged at me chocking me on my way down to the ground,” Peacock said in court documents. “I wrapped my arm around the rail on the stairs, his exact words were ‘if you don’t remove your arm, I will put your ass to sleep’.”

Peacock describes passing out, waking up not being able to move his arm.

Barnes’ attorney told 10 On Your Side his client is no longer an employee at the jail.

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