Reno man found guilty of beating homeless shelter employee

Christopher Woodstone (Photo: Washoe County Jail)

A 36-year-old Reno man has been found guilty of beating a homeless shelter employee last year, according to prosecutors.

The Washoe County District Attorney's Office says a jury convicted Christopher Stewart Woodstone on Thursday on a charge of felony battery.

Prosecutors alleged that Woodstone was at the Community Assistance Center's Record Street shelter back in December when a staff member asked him to leave, citing disturbance complaints about him.

Woodstone punched the staff member in the face, resulting in a broken jaw, according to the D.A.'s office. He then fled the scene, and a police report was filed.

He returned to the shelter a week later, and police officers were notified. The officers contacted Woodstone and arrested him for the alleged battery and an unrelated warrant.

Surveillance video of the incident was shown to the jury at trial, and a prosecutor argued that Woodstone punched the staff member out of anger.

Woodstone has two prior convictions for felonies involving violence, according to the D.A.'s office, and prosecutors will seek habitual criminal status at sentencing, which is set for September.

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