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John Mellencamp's adult sons facing felony battery charges

Washington residents may be interested to learn about a felony battery case involving singer John Mellencamp's two adult sons. Following an early morning fight, both of the musician's sons are facing felony battery charges. A third person has also been charged with battery for his involvement in the fight. The younger of the two brothers, 18, has turned himself into authorities and been released on bail. His older brother, 19, has yet to turn himself in.

According to an affidavit from county prosecutors, the three men visited the home of a 19-year-old man in the early morning hours of July 29. Believing that the man had punched him at a party earlier that night, the younger brother is accused of punching the man with enough force to knock him over. Following the fight, the three accused men allegedly ran away from the home. Afterwards, the 19-year-old man and his roommates alerted the police.

The son of famed 'Jack and Diane" singer John Mellencamp, the younger brother was seen playing his guitar alongside his father when Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The older brother is a successful amateur boxer who won Indiana Golden Gloves boxing titles for three consecutive years.

Although the 19-year-old man is the only person to have pressed charges in this case, it's possible that the fight was provoked. For those facing charges of spousal abuse or assault, if there's evidence that they were the ones who were actually assaulted, a lawyer could help them to gather witnesses to the event. The lawyer may then be able to state that their client was acting in self defense.

Source: USA Today, "Mellencamp son turns self in following battery charges", Ryan Sabalow, August 16, 2013

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