- The Washington Times - Monday, July 8, 2002

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) Prosecutors say three brothers charged in the stabbing of a James Madison University football player and three others last weekend have had previous convictions on similar charges.
Twenty-year-old twins Shawn William Hughes and Shannon Wayne Hughes and their older brother, Richard Ruleman Hughes Jr., are each charged with four counts of malicious wounding. They made their first court appearance on the charges Wednesday.
Prosecutors said Richard Hughes was released from prison just days before the stabbing incident last Sunday after serving time on a felony charge of eluding police.
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Richard Claybrook told the court that all three were in violation of probation for various offenses, and that his office considers them "very violent offenders."
During hearing Wednesday, prosecutors detailed the brothers' past encounters with the justice system.
Shannon Hughes was convicted of two counts of assault and battery and one count of unlawful wounding in connection with the stabbing of three men during a brawl in 1999. The jury also convicted Shawn Hughes of one count of aiding and abetting in the unlawful wounding of one of the victims. The Hughes twins were 17 when the fight occurred.
Shannon Hughes was sentenced to seven years in prison with six years suspended, and Shawn Hughes was sentenced to five years with 4 suspended.
Richard Hughes also has an unlawful wounding conviction. He shot into an occupied car on Jan. 31, 1996, and surrendered in October.
He was originally charged with malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
However, as part of a plea agreement, the firearm charge was dropped and the malicious wounding was lowered to unlawful wounding.
He was sentenced to five years in prison with four years suspended.
One of the victims said the brothers crashed a party and were asked to leave. When they didn't, a fight ensued.
Three of the four victims were taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital. One was treated and released Sunday, and another on Monday, but James Madison University football player Reid D. Adams, 19, remains in the hospital in stable condition.
Mr. Adams underwent emergency surgery after he suffered damage to his intestines and a collapsed lung.

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