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