Commonwealth v. Timothy Wayne Hatter; Restroom Bar Attack Draws 12 Years to Serve

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Timothy Wayne Hatter, 33 years old, who previously resided in the 100 block of Howard Street in Hampton, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Patricia L. West for Malicious Wounding. Judge West sentenced Hatter to a total of 20 years in the Department of Corrections.  Eight (8) years were suspended leaving him 12 years to serve. Hatter pled guilty on February 8, 2011.                     


Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on February 24, 2010, Timothy Wayne Hatter and the victim were at a bar called Poppa’s Pub on Diamond Springs Road in Virginia Beach.  When the victim went into the bathroom, Hatter grabbed two pool balls from a pool table and followed him.  Hatter accused the victim of “talking badly about him.” Hatter then struck the victim in the face with the pool balls.  As the victim lay on the floor unconscious, Hatter put the pool balls back on the table and left the bar.  The victim suffered a fracture to his jaw and cheekbone, laceration to his lip, and two loose teeth.


Hatter has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1996.  His previous convictions include Armed Burglary, Abduction, Brandishing a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, two counts of Assault and Battery of a Family Member, Trespassing, Assault, and Petit Larceny. 


The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Lyla M. Zeidan.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.