A Tennessee man who threw a teenage girl off a motel balcony is getting a slap on the wrist despite the violent nature of his crime.
In Rogersville, Tennessee — a rural, mostly white town in the northeast corner of the state — 24-year-old Wesley Dylan Marshall was charged earlier this year on aggravated assault and retaliation charges for throwing a 19-year-old girl off the second-floor balcony of a motel after she refused his sexual advances.
According to the Kingsport Times-News, Marshall pleaded guilty to a lesser, misdemeanor assault charge in exchange for the retaliation charge being dropped, resulting in just a 10-day jail sentence, 11 months and 30 days of probation, $1,237 in fines, anger management classes, and an agreement to never contact the young victim again. Marshall’s sentence is particularly light given Tennessee’s criminal code, which classifies aggravated assault as a class C felony punishable by three to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
Local media reported that on the night of July 8, Marshall, another young male and a young female checked into a motel to celebrate the female’s 19th birthday. A witness described hearing commotion coming from the room next door, and saw the young male and the female on the balcony. After the female removed her clothing, Marshall then walked onto the balcony, exchanged words with the female, then proceeded to throw her from the balcony to the ground floor. Police responding to the scene noted that both Marshall and the young male reeked of alcohol. Allegedly, the female agreed to have have sex with the young male, but said no to Marshall when he asked if he could have sex with her as well.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and received treatment for non life-threatening injuries. Local media did not release the victim’s name, nor the name of the other young male present at the time of the assault.