Washington man convicted of beating two brothers

January 16, 2014

Cameron Reihner was convicted Wednesday night on all charges in relation to the brutal beating of two brothers in a Houston parking lot nearly two years ago.

The Washington County jury of seven women and five men deliberated for six hours before convicting Reihner, 22, of Washington, on two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment, and one count each of reckless endangerment and possessing an instrument of crime in the June 23, 2012, assault.

Reihner attacked Jonathan Irizarry and his brother, Stephen, with an aluminum baseball bat in Houston after the men got into an argument at Denny’s restaurant in Canton Township earlier that night.

Reihner followed the brothers from the restaurant to a business parking lot in the 100 block of West Pike Street, where the attack occurred.

After the verdict, Washington County Judge John DiSalle revealed that Jonathan Irizarry had to be hospitalized Monday night due to a serious seizure he suffered hours after testifying on the first day of the trial. It was not know if the seizure was related to the beating, but Jonathan Irizarry testified that he suffered the loss of peripheral vision in his left eye, a broken nose, other facial fractures and a broken ankle.

Reihner remains in the Washington County jail until his sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

His co-defendant, Troy L. Wilson Jr., 21, of Washington, also is accused of taking part in the assaults and is awaiting trial on similar charges.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and Patch.com. He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

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