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Wing Depot owner who beat Navy vet gets 1 year in jail

William Lodge found guilty of aggravated assault; his wife acquitted

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man found guilty of beating a Navy veteran outside an Arlington American Legion lodge was sentenced Friday to one year in the Duval County jail.

William Lodge, the co-owner of Wing Depot, was convicted of aggravated assault ona person over 65 years old in the beating of 66-year-old Charles Hughes.

At their trial, Lodge's wife, Terry, was acquitted in the assault.

Surveillance video from inside the American Legion showed the bar before the fight, where Hughes was flipping coasters at the bartender. That started a ruckus that spilled outside of camera range.

Video from inside the American Legion Post recorded the moments before police say Hughes was beaten in the parking lot.

Hughes and others can be seen throwing coasters at the bartender near where the Lodges were sitting.

Hughes gets up to leave after a brief shouting match and William Lodge follows him out the front door.

The surveillance camera outside doesn't show the area of the parking lot where police say the beating occurred.