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Gore man charged with assault, battery

Monday, August 8, 2022 - A Gore man was charged Aug. 2 felony assault and battery.

John Wyatt McMahon, 43, could face up to 10 years in the State Penitentiary if he is convicted.

On July 28, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched for a report of a hit-and-run collision involving a pedestrian.

Upon his arrival at the scene, the deputy found Donnie Morris, who was sitting on the front porch with cuts and scratches on his hands and arms. Morris stated that he had been drinking alcohol with friends at a residence off Moonshine Road when the people he was riding with left the residence without him. Morris said John McMahon, who lives at the residence, offered to give him a ride.

Morris said that when they arrived at his friend's house, McMahon seemed to be angry and started mumbling something Morris couldn’t understand.

Morris said he then got out of the vehicle on the county road and started walking to the driveway, but before he could get there, he heard the vehicle’s engine rev up, its tires spinning in the gravel. When he turned to look, McMahon drove the car into him, striking him in the back of his legs. The impact caused Morris to go airborne and land on the hood of the car.

Morris said McMahon then slammed on the brakes, causing him to fall off the hood into the gravel, with McMahon reportedly trying to drive the vehicle over him. Morris said he rolled away from the oncoming car, and when he stood up, he saw McMahon exiting the car and running toward him, fists swinging, and trying to grab him. Morris said he then ran from McMahon, who finally got back in his car and drove away.

Andrea Adams, Staff Writer

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