Man faces battery charge after fight at Oktoberfest


A 27-year-old Brownstown man was arrested late Saturday for his role in a fight at the city’s annual German heritage festival, police report.

Layton Duane Pray faces a Level 5 felony of battery causing serious bodily injury after a fight near the information booth at Second and Chestnut streets at the Seymour Oktoberfest.

An altercation was reported at 11:18 p.m. shortly after the festival ended Saturday, Capt. Carl Lamb said.

Police said Pray and a 48-year-old man were in an argument when Pray hit him. Lamb said the man was knocked unconscious and Pray continued to hit him.

Police believe alcohol contributed to the incident and that the two men had a history of tension between them.

"That history carried over to Saturday night when they saw each other," Lamb said.

The man was taken to Schneck Medical Center where he was treated for a head injury and released.

Officer Ben Miller responded to the incident.

Pray was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown where he was being held without bond Monday pending his initial hearing.

A Level 5 felony is punishable with a sentence between one and six years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is three years.

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