Samson Mayor Pleads To Misdemeanor Charges

A longtime office holder in the Wiregrass confirmed published reports that he pled to misdemeanor charges in a Northwest Florida courtroom.

Last March, Samson Mayor Clay King allegedly stabbed his ex-wife's boyfriend in the parking lot of a DeFuniak Springs motel.

The victim, Stephen Oates of Geneva County, received serious lacerations to his abdomen and was hospitalized for several weeks.

King pled no contest to charges of battery and criminal mischief in a Walton County courtroom.

He will consecutively serve one year's probation for each of the charges and pay a $220 fine.

In addition, the 44-year-old mayor must attend anger management counseling and avoid any future contact with the victim.

Last week, King qualified to run for his fourth-term as Samson mayor. Those sentenced on misdemeanor charges are allowed to keep their elected position in Alabama.

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