PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – After he was arrested for walking into the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and reporting that someone stole his marijuana plants, 47-year-old Boyd Gene Wiley was arrested for a second time within a week, this time for aggravated battery causing bodily injury or disfigurement.
According to deputies, Wiley posted bond for illegally growing marijuana after he was arrested on Monday, and was rearrested Thursday afternoon on the battery charge.
Officials said Wiley went to the home of 60-year-old Herbert Thorne in west Putnam County to discuss money that Thorne allegedly owed Wiley.
Witnesses said the encounter started out friendly, but quickly turned into an argument, which led to Thorne grabbing a shovel and slapping Wiley across the face with it.
Wiley grabbed the shovel from Thorne's hands and began smashing him across the head with it, causing severe lacerations to Thorne's head, police said.
Paramedics took Thorne to UF Shands Hospital as a trauma alert patient.
Wiley called police a short time later to say that Thorne attacked him, but after authorities saw the extent of Thorne's injuries and interviewed Wiley he was arrested and booked into the Putnam County Jail.
Wiley has since been released from jail after posting a $2,504 bond.