Conway man convicted for striking man with vehicle after bar fight, sentenced to 20 years

Conway man convicted for striking man with vehicle after bar fight, sentenced to 20 years

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – A Conway man convicted for striking a man twice with his vehicle after a bar fight at The Boathouse in May of 2016 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, the maximum provided by statute, according to a news release from the Solicitor's Office.

Joshua Maiden, 33, was originally charged with attempted murder, but was convicted by an Horry County jury this week of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, the release states.

Maiden allegedly started a fight inside the bar area of the Boathouse with the victim.  A witness showed an officer video that plainly shows Maiden assaulting the victim with a beer bottle and his fists, until the fight is broken up by bar staff, and they were both escorted out.

The victim was on the phone with 911, trying to get Maiden's license plate number, when he was struck twice by the vehicle driven by Maiden, the release states.

"This was a case that generated a groundswell of concern from residents in the Community and those who also visit Horry County from out of town. The fact that Joshua Maiden chose to use his vehicle to strike and run over someone without fear of any consequences is appalling. The defendant was and is a dangerous man, and I believe the sentence imposed on him here today by the Honorable Judge Hyman was absolutely correct. I also hope this conviction provides the last step to the victim's recovery," said Assistant Solicitor Seth Oskin, lead prosecutor for the case.

Maiden's 20-year sentence will begin after his current five-year sentence for an unrelated assault and battery charge is completed, the release states. His prior criminal record includes two previous assault convictions where he used his vehicle to strike and run over his victims.

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