(March 15) West Ocean City resident Matthew John Brown’s legal troubles will enter the court phase next week, when the 35-year-old’s trial for misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault and false imprisonment takes place next Friday at 9 a.m. at Worcester County District Court in Snow Hill.
Brown faces up to 10 years in prison and $2,500 in fines stemming from a domestic dispute on Feb. 18 in West Ocean City that turned physical, according to the police report filed by a deputy from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.
Brown is accused of assaulting a woman during what began as an argument. The report accuses him of slamming the woman into a wall and then into a door, slammed the door on her foot “causing her pain,” and squeezed her arms “with all his might causing (the female) to feel pain in her chest and difficulty breathing. The responding officer arrived on scene moments after the woman called authorities for help.
The officer, the report states, “observed that her upper bicep on her left arm was extremely red from where Matthew had taken her hold of her arm and slammed her into the doorway.” Witnesses corroborated the female’s account of the incident to police.
Brown waived his right to an attorney at his initial court appearance on Feb. 18. He initially was held without bond before posting $25,000 bond on Feb. 22.
Brown already faces drug charges stemming from an arrest made Dec. 18. Felony counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of PCP/LSD/Hallucinogen with intent to distribute headline four counts on which Brown faces trial on May 8.
He also faces misdemeanor counts of possessing 10 grams or more of marijuana and possessing a controlled dangerous substance, not marijuana. He was criminally indicted on Jan. 15, and a summons was issued the following day.