GALLIPOLIS FERRY — A Gallipolis Ferry man has been charged with malicious wounding, accused of stabbing another man on Saturday.
James Lewis Shilo Leach, 36, appeared in Mason County Magistrate Court for arraignment where his bond was set at $100,000, cash only, by Magistrate Gail Roush. As of Monday evening, he remained housed in the Western Regional Jail.
Troopers with the West Virginia State Police and deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to 133 Riverview Drive, Gallipolis Ferry on Saturday night. According to the criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, officers made contact with the alleged victim, Jeremy Brannan, age unreported. The complaint says Brannan stated “Shilo” Leach had allegedly stabbed him with a black folding knife and then fled the scene on foot. At this time, the complaint says “two large stab wounds in his upper torso” were observed on Brannan by a trooper.
With information from Brannan, officers then searched for Leach nearby at a relative’s home, spotting Leach allegedly attempting to flee in a vehicle. The complaint says Leach refused to get out of the vehicle, with officers having to physically pull him from it, while he allegedly resisted.
Once handcuffed, Leach is accused of making “multiple threats” toward law enforcement, allegedly spitting at an officer.
These remain accusations at this point and Leach has not had his preliminary hearing yet though Mason County Magistrate Court reported an attorney had been assigned to his case on Monday. Leach has the right to waive the preliminary hearing as well as have it. If he waives the hearing, the case could go before a grand jury which meets for the last term of the year next month.
Brannan was reportedly taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital for treatment of his injuries where he was listed over the weekend as being in stable condition.
A conviction of malicious wounding includes confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than two nor more than 10 years.
The WVSP is investigating this case.
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