Leon County Commissioner Dean Stanford was awarded a document for Domestic Violence Awareness Month October 2018. The Leon County Commissioner who pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge after choking and punching his wife in March will keep his job, officials said Friday. Because Commissioner William Dean Stanford pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor instead of the initial felony charge, he was able to keep his seat.
What a slap in the face to victims of Domestic Violence. Not too mention the absurd unfairness of convicted assailants of Domestic Violence. Choking in Texas is a Felony in case you did not know. For an elected public official to receive such preferential treatment in Leon County. Not unusual.
According to court documents, Stanford and his wife, Christie Stanford got into an argument on March 25 that turned physical when she would not return his cellphone.
Court documents said Dean Standford choked his wife until she nearly passed out, hit her in the face and punched her in the jaw. Court documents said Stanford chased his wife into a bathroom where she tried to hide in a bathtub. Dean Standford ended the assault when the couple’s youngest son went into the bathroom, court records said.
The victim said while she was on the floor, Stanford got on top of her, choked her until she started passing out, and then punched her on the side of her left eye, documents said. According to court records, the victim said one of Stanford’s blows “made things go black for a second.” She said Stanford punched her in the jaw and she believed it might have been broken or dislocated, court documents said.
According to court documents, the victim said Stanford “rushed her to put on makeup to cover her bruises” before she went to work the next day, but didn’t want her to go. She said before she left, Stanford was nice to her and asked her to pray with him as they did every morning. When she refused he cursed at her and told it was her fault, court documents said.
Though the victim did not want to press charges, she said she wanted the incident to be documented “in case anything happened to her,” court records said.
According to the documents, Dean Stanford made reference to threatening to “burn the house down with her (the victim) in it to keep her from getting it in the divorce.”
Stanford was charged with assault causing bodily injury, family violence. Upon his release from jail Tuesday, a judge ordered that he remain at least 250 feet away from the victim.
Stanford was also ordered to complete a batterer’s intervention prevention program or anger management, serve 12 months probation, 180 hours of community service, pay $3,800 in fines and fees and attend a drug offender’s education, according to court documents.
It has been a rough year for the Stanford’s. Marriage infidelity with other elected officials, the County Citizen of the year. Then last years Stanford family assault on another elected official at the court house. Perhaps next year will better.
Meanwhile a Petition is going around requesting the removal of the commissioner.
Here is a link.
County Commissioner Stanford
Entered Office: 01-01-2013 Term
Ends: 12-31-2020 District: 3
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