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Boone County grand jury indicts Columbia man for pipe assault

A Boone County grand jury has indicted a Columbia man for allegedly assaulting a man with an aluminum pipe in August.

Thirty-two-year-old Larry Yerby Williams has been indicted for second degree assault, which is a class C felony. The indictment replaces earlier charges that were filed by the Boone County prosecutor’s office.

Williams is currently in the Boone County Jail and could be arraigned on Monday.

The incident happened about 11 p.m. on Aug. 24 in the 2600 block of Quail Drive. Columbia Police say the 48-year-old victim saw Williams fighting with a woman that night, and tried to intervene. Police say Williams began throwing rocks at the man, before grabbing an aluminum pipe and striking the victim in the forearm and both knees.

ABC 17 News was on scene when the fight broke out, and our camera recorded the incident.

Williams pleaded guilty in 2009 to distribution of a controlled substance and was sentenced to six years in prison. Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman David Owen says Williams was conditionally released from prison in October 2013.

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