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Ky. man guilty in Stonewall robbery

Feb. 09, 2013 @ 12:19 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A Flatwoods, Ky., man was found guilty of holding up and kidnapping three men at a downtown Huntington nightclub.

The jury found William Fykes, 43, guilty of three counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of kidnapping and two counts of malicious wounding at about 8 p.m. Friday, following about four hours of deliberation, said Assistant Cabell County Prosecutor Lauren Plymale.

"We are thrilled with the verdict. He's a very dangerous man," Plymale said following the reading of the verdict. "We felt confident in our case, and we felt confident the jury would understand our story and find his man guilty."

Fykes was represented by Public Defender Jason Goad. Calls made after hours to the Cabell County Public Defender's Office were not answered.

The case stems from a 3:30 a.m., New Year's Day 2012 incident at the Stonewall Bar. The nightclub is located in the 800 block of 7th Avenue.

Investigators believe Fykes entered the bar after closing and started waving a handgun, which the indictment alleges he used to pistol whip two of the victims. It further charges he stomped on the head of one of the beating victims, also grabbing that victim by the throat and slamming him to the ground.

The kidnapping counts charged Fykes with holding the victims against their will inside the nightclub to gain a concession or advantage.

Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell presided over the trial.

Fykes will be sentenced later this month, Plymale said.

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