South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-16-17 11:11 a.m. ET
The feds this week charged a Fort Gordon soldier with two counts drunken driving and charged the spouse of a soldier with punching another soldier’s wife in a crazy incident in November 2016
By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-owner, News Director
The spouse of a Fort Gordon soldier and a soldier were charged in federal court this week in separate misdemeanor cases.
Daymon Hall is charged with two counts of “DUI on a military reservation,” according to a criminal information complaint, a charging tool used by the feds.
30-year-old Tapria Russell is charged with simple assault, according to her criminal information complaint.
Federal prosecutors have one of their own working at Fort Gordon.
The charges against both soldiers were filed in Augusta federal courthouse on Wed., Dec. 13, 2017.
The prosecutor in both cases is Special Assistant United States Attorney Candace R. Cunningham, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Gordon, GA.
The spouse of a soldier, Russell is accused of assaulting 29-year-old Ashley Taylor – the spouse of another soldier – “by hitting her in the face with her hand,” on Nov. 16, 2016 at Fort Gordon, the federal information states.
Taylor was 28 at the time of the attack.
Taylor says there had been a problem with people not picking up after their dogs in the neighborhood. Taylor spotted the Russell’s son with the family dog and offered him a baggie.
“After the dog did it’s business .. (Taylor noticed) he had a large leaf in his hand.”
“Trying to be a good neighbor, I offered him a baggy,” Taylor told S.E. Social Justice Breaking News this morning.
“He said ‘no’. I offered again and pointed out community guidelines. He said no again and became aggressive.”
A short time later, Russell and her solder spouse allegedly showed up at Taylor’s door in a furor.
“She was aggressively angry, yelled at me for talking to her son. And I panicked. My children were on the other side of our screen door watching.”
The three adults had never met before and Taylor repeatedly asked the Russells to leave.
“She threatened me repeatedly and in an effort to calm everyone down, I literally sat on the ground and asked her to sit and talk with me,” Taylor recounted.
“She refused (and) continued to threaten me,” Taylor said.
“Ultimately (Tapria Russell) punched me in the face on my right side,” Taylor said of the attack that left her confused by its allegedly aggressive nature. “My glasses flew across the carport and broke.”
That’s when the Russells left and Taylor called Fort Gordon Military Police.
“Her spouse grabbed her and they took off running. I finally felt it was safe enough to turn around, ran inside, and called the MPs.”
Taylor was concerned the case would never be prosecuted – and at one point – as MPs were trying to get to the bottom of the incident – Taylor felt like a suspect.
“I made a report, took pictures, and was threatened by the MPs with assault, even though I never laid a finger on anyone,” Taylor said.
Taylor is pleased the case will finally go to court.
If convicted, Russell faces up to six months in federal prison plus a maximum $5,000 fine.
Both charges against Hall involve alleged drunken driving on June 24, 2917 on base for “unlawfully driving a moving vehicle” after allegedly drinking too much alcohol, the information states.
If convicted, Hall faces no more than 12 months in federal prison on each of the two counts plus a maximum of $2,000 in fines, and 40 days community service and the completion of a DUI alcohol use risk reduction course.