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NEW INFO: Man Cries Uncontrollably During Sentencing

By: Kristen Schneider; Andrew Colegrove; Brad Myers Email
By: Kristen Schneider; Andrew Colegrove; Brad Myers Email

UPDATE 1/29/13 @ 10:50 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 21-year-old man cried uncontrollably in court after learning he may not walk out of prison until he is 61-years-old.

Tuesday morning, Zachary Matasich, of Proctorville, Ohio, was sentenced to 40 years in prison in connection with the beating and robbery of Timothy Ferguson on May 30.

Ferguson, 47, was found on the floor of his apartment in the Prichard Building on June 1.

Prosecutors say Matasich beat Ferguson with a hammer, striking him three times in the face, and then took cash and Ferguson's car. He was arrested in Knoxville, Tennessee several days later

Police said that Matasich had been staying with Ferguson for several days prior to the incident.

Matasich was originally charged with robbery and assault. In December he pleaded guilty to the robbery charge.

Prior to sentencing Matasich apologized to Ferguson’s family for what happened and asked the judge for a second chance.

"I've made many mistakes in my life. First off I'd like to apologize to Mr. Ferguson and his family for the circumstances brought about. Honestly if I hadn't been under the influence of drugs I don't think this would have ever come about. I would just really like to ask you sir for leniency and give me a chance to make something of my life," said Matasich.

A prepared statement from the victim was also read in court prior to the sentencing.

"I felt like I was beaten and left to die. When I woke up in therapy I felt like I was put in a prison, I will have to deal with this the rest of my life. Daily it's a struggle to know how I was, how I am now and that it will never be the same," according to Ferguson.

Matasich will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years of his 40 year sentence.



UPDATE 12/17/12 @ 11:45 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man charged in connection with the beating of a Huntington man was back in court Monday.

Zachary Matasich, 21, of Proctorville, Ohio, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in Cabell County Circuit Court.

Matasich faces up to 50 years in prison as part of the plea agreement when he is sentenced on Jan. 29.

Matasich is accused of beating Timothy Ferguson, 47, at Ferguson’s apartment in the Prichard Building in late May.

He was arrested in Knoxville several days later and returned to Huntington back in June.

Ferguson was found on the floor of his apartment on June 1 suffering from blunt force trauma wounds to the head.

Police say that Matasich had been staying with Ferguson for several days prior to the incident.

He was originally charged with robbery and assault.

Ferguson, may address the court prior to Matasich being sentenced.

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UPDATE 6/19/12 @ 1:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man charged with the beating of a Huntington man has waived his case to a grand jury.

21-year-old Zachary Matasich, of Proctorville, Ohio, is accused of beating Timothy Ferguson, 47, at Ferguson’s apartment in the Prichard Building in late May.

Matasich was arrested in Knoxville several days later and returned to Huntington last week. He is charged with robbery and assault.

Ferguson was found on the floor of his apartment on June 1 suffering from blunt force trauma wounds to the head. He is still in the hospital and is listed in good condition.

Police say that Matasich had been staying with Ferguson for several days prior to the incident.

According to the criminal complaint, Ferguson’s wallet, cell phone and car were discovered missing.

Tuesday morning, Matasich waived his preliminary hearing in Cabell County Magistrate Court and sent the case directly to the grand jury.

He remains in the Western Regional Jail



UPDATE 6/12/12 @ 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man wanted in connection with the beating of a Huntington man is now back in Cabell County.

Detectives with the Huntington Police Department tell WSAZ.com that 21-year-old Zachary Matasich, of Proctorville, Ohio, was brought back from Knoxville, Tennessee Tuesday afternoon. Matasich was then arraigned on robbery and assault charges.

Matasich is accused of beating Timothy Ferguson, 47, at Ferguson’s apartment in the Prichard Building a couple of weeks ago.

Matasch was arrested in Knoxville several days later.

Ferguson was found on the floor of his apartment on June 1 suffering from blunt force trauma wounds to the head. He is still in the hospital in critical condition.

According to the criminal complaint, Ferguson’s wallet, cell phone and car were discovered missing.

Police say that Matasich had been staying with Ferguson for several days prior to the incident.

The criminal complaint also indicates that hat Matasich was seen leaving the lobby of the building on May 31about 11:30 p.m with a duffle bag.

Matasich is being held in the Western Regional Jail.

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UPDATE 6/4/12 @ 2:25 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A suspect in a beating in Huntington was arraigned Monday in Knoxville, Tennessee.

According to the Knox County Circuit Court, Zachary Matasich was arraigned on a fugitive from justice charge.

Matasich is wanted out of Huntington. He is accused of robbing and beating Timothy Ferguson last week.

Matasich, 21, of Proctorville, Ohio, is scheduled to be back in a Tennessee courtroom on Thursday.

No word when he will be extradited back to West Virginia.

At last check, Ferguson was in critical but stable condition at a local hospital.

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UPDATE 6/3/12 @ 1 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police say a suspect has been arrested in a beating that happened in Huntington last week.

Troopers say Zachary Matasich, 21, was arrested in Knoxville, TN.

He is charged with the robbery and beating of Timothy Ferguson in Huntington.

Matasich, from Proctorville, Ohio, will be extradited back to West Virginia in the next several weeks.

Ferguson is still at Cabell Huntington Hospital in critical, but stable condition.



UPDATE: 6/2/12 @ 6:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Investigators have named a suspect in the brutal beating of a Huntington man.

Huntington Police say they're looking for Zachary Matasich, who's from Proctorville, Ohio. Investigators say he robbed and then beat Timothy Ferguson, before taking off in his car. They believe he has left the area.

Meanwhile, Ferguson is still listed in critical condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital.



UPDATE: 6/1/12 @ 10 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Family members of 47-year-old Tim Ferguson were worried when they learned he hadn't shown up for work Friday.

They went to check on him at his apartment on the 12th floor of the Prichard Building in Huntington and found him unconscious, police say.

"He'd apparently been there for a day or two,” Lt. John Williams with the Huntington Police Department said. “We can't quite ascertain how long he'd actually been there."

Police and EMS responded about 12:30 p.m. Friday. Investigators say Ferguson was found on the floor of his apartment with serious head injuries.

"It's a shame stuff would go on in the building like this,” Prichard Building resident James Keller said. “There are a lot of people scared someone was beaten and left in their apartment for dead."

Police say it appears this beating happened during a robbery, and it’s not drug related.

"At this time we're looking at it as a possible robbery by someone who was close to the victim,” Williams said.

Williams says it appears Ferguson lives in the apartment by himself, and he works at the Guyan Country Club.

Neighbors in the Prichard Building say Ferguson has lived there 15 years and is a friendly man never known to cause any trouble.

"Everybody is hoping for the best that he'll pull through,” Keller said.

Investigators say they're looking at surveillance video from the Prichard Building and are following some leads provided by family and others close to Ferguson.

Police are hoping he will recover soon so they can talk with him about what happened.



ORIGINAL STORY
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is fighting for his life after being brutally beaten.

Huntington Police tell WSAZ.com family members went to check on Timothy Ferguson, 47 about 12:30 p.m. Friday at his apartment in the 600 block of 9th Street when he did not show up for work.

Once inside, they say Ferguson was found lying on the floor with severe head injuries.

He was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Detectives say they are looking into robbery as a possible motive for the beating.

No suspects have been named at this time but police say they are following up on leads.

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