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Warants issued in Brown Co. beating

BROWN COUNTY, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- Warrants have been issued for two suspects accused of badly beating a man in Brown County.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office said felonious assault charges were filed against 18-year-old Wesley Manning and 21-year-old Robert Rothwell.  The men were accused of beating 19-year-old Cory James after James tried breaking up a fight at a home off Ohio 125 in Decatur in August.

James said he was beaten with brass knuckles, two by fours, bricks and was tased.  James said since he came forward, other people have told him they've been attacked by the group.

"People are messaging me telling me the same stuff has happened to them or their friends and by the same people.  But they weren't brave enough to go to the police or nothing, they were afraid of them," said James.

Shortly after the fight, there were Facebook posts made by Manning, about the fight and about James. The Brown County Sheriff's Office was aware of the post after the fight and used it in the investigation.  After detectives spoke with James, Warrants were eventually filed for both Manning and Rothwell.

James said he was beaten for more than 20 minutes by the group. However, it's not the first time James was close to death.  Three years ago, James and his sister were in a car accident. His sister died in the accident and James was pronounced dead at the scene but remained in a coma for more than 60 days before waking up.

"This is the second time god saved my life. All these supporting me, it really helped and I'm glad that nobody else will have to experience what I did," said James.

James added all the support he's received further validates his decision to go to police.

At this time, the sheriff's office couldn't confirm whether those responsible for beating James are responsible for any other assaults in Brown County.

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