JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man charged with aggravated assault and drug charges has pleaded guilty to assault in the first degree.
According to the Craighead County Circuit Clerk's Office, Stanley Cleo Morris pleaded guilty to assault in the first degree on December 8, 2014.
Morris was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The drug charges were dropped, and the aggravated assault charge was negotiated down to assault in the first degree as part of a plea deal.
Morris also agreed to serve one-year probation, pay court costs, and have no contact with the victim.
The plea stems from an incident in June 2014, where Morris was accused of threatening a man with a baseball bat and a gun.
According to the initial police report, the victim said Morris had threatened him with a baseball bat and "then pointed a handgun at his face" while saying threatening comments and racial slurs.
The victim, whose in-laws are Morris's next door neighbors, claimed in his statement to police he told Morris, "Don't you remember me? I used to live next door. You used to hide my kids' Christmas presents in your garage for me."
The man claimed Morris informed him "I know who you are. You need to f---ing leave."
The victim told police he returned to his car and pulled it into his in-laws' drive to call police.
After being read his Miranda rights, Morris told officers he had heard honking outside of his residence and noticed a car parked outside.
Morris reportedly stated the vehicle had driven around the neighborhood before parking in front of his home with the lights out.
According to the report, Morris "advised that he confronted the subject in the vehicle…with a baseball bat."
Morris told officers the driver got out of his car and approached Morris in an "aggressive" way.
Morris claimed he started walking back to his home, but the other man continued to approach him. At that point Morris said he drew his unloaded weapon and pointed it at the man, the report stated.
The victim's mother-in-law, who is Morris's neighbor, told police they had been friends for nearly 8 years, but that Morris "has been growing more erratic lately." She claimed on June 16 Morris threatened to hurt her husband while they were outside.
Editor's Note: Morris was formerly employed by KAIT-TV, a Jonesboro radio station, and a Congressional campaign.
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