A Tecumseh man charged with putting another man’s eye out with a rock faces a Thursday court appearance in Cherokee County.

Waylon Edward Howell, 18, was formally charged Tuesday with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, maiming, public drunkenness, and being a person under 21 consuming 3.2 beer. He is free on a $20,000 bond.

Prosecutors allege Howell hit Casey Crow, of Broken Arrow, with a rock May 27 on the Illinois River. The maiming charge alleges Howell’s actions caused Crow to lose his right eye.

OSRC Ranger John C. Wofford investigated the incident and prepared the report for filing charges.

Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years or imprisonment in the county jail for up to a year. Maiming is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for up to seven years. Consuming low-point beer when you’re under 21 is punishable by a fine of up to $100 and/or 20 hours of community service, and the public drunkenness count carries a possible $10 to $100 fine and/or imprisonment in the county jail for five to 30 days.

First Assistant District Attorney Donovan Dobbs is prosecuting the case. Howell’s next court appearance will be set Thursday.

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