A Terre Haute man accused of beating his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend with a baseball bat faces a class-D felony charge of criminal recklessness.

William F. Maryon, 39, appeared in Vigo Superior Court Division 1 on Thursday to hear the charge that he “swung at and struck Landon Rhoades with a baseball bat” causing a fractured skull and a cut that required nine staples in Rhoades’ head.

A class-D felony carries a potential prison sentence of six months to three years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

In a probable cause affidavit, Detective Michael Mikuly of the Terre Haute Police Department reported that Maryon and Rhoades got into an altercation on Sept. 4 after Rhoades had spent the night sleeping on the couch of his former girlfriend. As Rhoades was leaving the residence on Second Avenue, Maryon arrived and allegedly entered the home where he retrieved the baseball bat. The actual incident occurred outside the home, and witnesses state that Rhoades had a knife.

Judge Michael Eldred ordered Maryon released from the Vigo County jail on his own recognizance, and ordered him to return to court on Monday to meet with his court-appointed public defense attorney. The judge also issued a no-contact order for the woman and Rhoades.

Meanwhile, a charge of criminal recklessness is pending against Rhoades in Vigo Superior Court Division 5, where he also is facing an allegation in another case of driving while intoxicated by a controlled substance. No additional court dates had been set as of Thursday for the new charges.

Lisa Trigg can be reached at (812) 231-4254 or lisa.trigg@tribstar.com.

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