Attempting to get in front of accusations that may arise during election season, state representative candidate Travis Breeden reached out to Shaw Media to explain a past domestic battery incident in which he was found not guilty.
Breeden, a Utica Republican, is running against state Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, in November’s election for the 76th District seat.
Breeden was arrested and found not guilty on domestic violence charges in 2012.
Breeden said the incident involved him and his ex-wife. According to a statement he gave police on May 8, 2012, she was pulling wires from his truck when he grabbed her by the pants to remove her from the truck and her hand got caught in the dashboard, causing her to cut and scrape her hand.
“The easy thing to do would have been to make a plea deal, but I was innocent, and I decided to fight the charges in court,” Breeden said in a statement. “I was found not guilty on all charges. I was able to keep my CDL license and my FOID card.”
Shaw Media confirmed that he was found not guilty.
Breeden reached out to local media before any possible negative literature or misleading information against his campaign was circulated.
“Every action I took was with the intent of defusing the situation,” Breeden said.
Breeden said he wants to take a bad situation and try to make something better out of it.
via | The Times
September 2, 2020 at 10:34PM