Restitution ordered in Wolfe-Faust brawl

CAMP VERDE - A fight last July between members of two families has been costly for two brothers from Camp Verde. Thursday, Judge Harry Cipriano ordered one brother to pay nearly $17,000 and a second brother to pay $1,200 in restitution.

The fight erupted after the two families, who had bad blood from an earlier confrontation at the Cliff Castle bowling alley, were placed at bowling alleys one lane apart where the Faust family from Cottonwood was celebrating a daughter's birthday.

Richard Faust, 55, Cottonwood's Community Services manager, attempted to calm what he perceived as taunting. After a stare-off and harsh words between the families, Richard Faust attempted to cool the situation, but Jared Wolfe pushed Steven Faust over a table and fists began to fly.

Much of the restitution ordered for Jared Wolfe, 18, will reimburse an insurance company that paid the cost of emergency medical bills for Steven Faust. Steven, 20, suffered up to nine fractures to both cheeks, the orbital socket of one eye and his nose. Security surveillance tape showed that Jared Wolfe punched Steven Faust 11 times, even though he was already unconscious by the third punch.

Former municipal Judge Rodger Overholser, in sentencing the brothers, said, "The injuries were substantially and brutally inflicted." Overholser since has relocated to the Sedona Municipal Court.

Steven Faust was taken to the hospital emergency room and reconstructive surgery was performed the following day. Richard Faust suffered injuries to his elbow and knee after he was thrown bodily over a table at the bowling alley.

Jared Wolfe originally was charged with a felony assault, but the grand jury did not uphold the charge and Wolfe was eventually charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.

Steven Faust pled guilty to disorderly conduct. Charges were dismissed against Richard Faust.


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