Lawyer: Man who Drove into Memorial a Veteran

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - It's been more than a month since a Roane County motorist drove onto the state Capitol Complex grounds and then through the West Virginia's Veterans' Memorial.

But a lawyer says that motorist is himself a veteran who was suffering from a significant medical condition.

Howard Roland Gentry is accused of damaging the monument to West Virginia's war dead by barreling through it in a two-door sports coupe on March 25th.

But his defense lawyer says the 59-year-old Newton man served more than six years in the U-S Air Force, and spent a tour of duty in Southeast Asia.

Lawyer Benjamin Bryant also says that Gentry has no ax to grind with either veterans or state government.
Thursday, Gentry waived a right to a magistrate court hearing in his case. His case now goes to a grand jury.

Gentry remains free on bail.

Capitol security cameras captured the early morning incident.

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