Tahlequah Daily Press

April 11, 2013

Man pleads on assault of boy and his mom

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors reached a deal Wednesday with a Tahlequah man accused of barging into a home, attacking a teenager, then assaulting the teen’s mother as she tried to defend her son.

Brandon J. Hestwood, 29, was charged in March with first-degree burglary, child abuse by injury, and assault and battery.

On Wednesday, Hestwood pleaded no contest to the charges and was given a one-year suspended sentence and fines for a reduced charge of malicious injury to property. The child-abuse charge against Hestwood was dismissed, and he was ordered to spend 30 days in the county jail for the assault and battery charge.

Hestwood was given credit for time served in jail, and was released to Arkansas officials, who wanted him on unrelated matters.

Hestwood was also ordered to be under district attorney supervision when he is released from Arkansas custody.

Police said they were called to a home in January after Hestwood showed up, threatened a woman and her son, then forced his way into the home.

Hestwood allegedly grabbed the boy by the throat and tried to drag him outside to a truck, but the boy’s mother tried to fight him off.

Hestwood then allegedly assaulted the mother and fled the scene when 911 was called.