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Texas man awaits hearing following summertime arrest in Williamsburg

Michael Eugene Goldak (WYDaily photo/Courtesy VPRJ)
Michael Eugene Goldak (WYDaily/Courtesy VPRJ)

A Texas man is no longer facing a felony charge of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer after prosecutors elected to drop the charges last year.

Michael Eugene Goldak, 21, appeared in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court Nov. 8, where prosecutors dropped two charges: felony assault and battery on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, according to online court records.

“Charges were withdrawn upon a review of the facts,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Nate Green in an email.

Beyond the two dropped charges, three other misdemeanor charges against Goldak are now subject of a deferred disposition, court records show.

Those charges include misdemeanor obstruction of justice, misdemeanor possession or purchase of alcohol, and misdemeanor public intoxication or swearing, records show.

Goldak pleaded guilty to those three charges Nov. 8, but was given a deferred disposition and a review hearing on May 14, 2020, meaning at this point, Goldak has not been found guilty or not guilty.

Green said the hearing will allow the court to review the progress made by Goldak toward compliance with the court order. The court will also review if there are any new offenses or violations committed by Goldak, Green said.

Upon review, the court will issue an official disposition in the case.

Goldak was arrested Aug. 26, 2018 after Williamsburg Police said they intervened in an altercation near Rolfe Road just after midnight.

At the time, police said one of the men, Goldak, allegedly pushed an officer while they were talking, then ran away. That charge of assault and battery was nolle prossed, or dropped, in November.

The officer was not injured.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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