Former Martin County Sher­iff Wood­ward sen­tenced to 3 years' pro­ba­tion on do­mes­tic vi­o­lence charge

Big Spring Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By ROGER CLINE Staff Writer Con­tact Staff Writer Roger Cline at 432-263-7331 ext. 235, or by email at re­[email protected]­er­

(Note: Adrienne Green, News Di­rec­tor for KBest Me­dia, con­trib­uted to this re­port).

Former Martin County Sher­iff John Wood­ward agreed to a plea deal and was sen­tenced, as part of a plea deal, to three years' pro­ba­tion for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence against his live-in girl­friend which oc­curred in Septem­ber 2018.

The plea was en­tered Tues­day at the Martin County Court­house in Stan­ton.

"He pled guilty and he's go­ing to be placed on three years' pro­ba­tion. He's man­dated to go at his ex­pense to a 30day in-pa­tient treat­ment pro­gram for drug and al­co­hol re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, along with the ac­com­pa­ny­ing af­ter-care pro­gram," said 118th District At­tor­ney Hardy Wilk­er­son. "He's also been or­dered to at­tend anger man­age­ment classes, bat­terer's in­ter­ven­tion treat­ment. In ad­di­tion, he paid resti­tu­tion of $30,000. That's not only for med­i­cal ex­penses, that's a mi­nor as­pect of things. It's for re­lo­ca­tion, that type of thing. Those were in­cluded as well."

In ad­di­tion, a pro­tec­tive or­der guard­ing the vic­tim was ex­tended two more years.

Wilk­er­son went on to say that, while Wood­ward will re­ceive no fine and no prison sen­tence for the third-de­gree felony of Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence/Im­ped­ing Breath if he lives up to the terms of the deal, he could re­ceive up to 10 years in prison if he fails to do so.

Wilk­er­son said he was pre­pared to take the case to trial.

"We were fully pre­pared to go to trial. The sub­ject ne­go­ti­a­tions were broached in the last 24 hours. I had no in­put into that one way or the other," he said. "That was pretty much ex­clu­sively be­tween the de­fense and the vic­tim as to what would be ap­pro­pri­ate. I told her, 'I am ready to go...let's go.' She lis­tened, she was con­flicted, like any do­mes­tic case al­ways seems to have those is­sues. Ul­ti­mately, she said, 'Let's do the agree­ment,' and that's what we did."


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