Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 31, 2014

Kanawha prosecutor charged with domestic battery

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants is facing a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.

Media outlets report that Plants turned himself in Monday morning after an arrest warrant was issued. He was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond following an arraignment in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Plants is accused of hitting one of his sons more than 10 times with a leather belt on Feb. 22. West Virginia State Police began an investigation after Plants’ ex-wife, Allison Plants, reported the incident.

Plants said after his arraignment that he is not guilty of any criminal misconduct.

If convicted, Plants faces up to one year in prison and a $500 fine.