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Former Alderwoman, Others Get Probation in Deputy Assault Case

CRANE, Mo. -- Three residents of Crane, including a former member of the Board of Aldermen, have entered Alford pleas and been sentenced to probation on charges of resisting arrest or assault on a law officer in connection with a 2012 incident that generated thousands of Internet comments and video views.
CRANE, Mo. -- Three residents of Crane, including a former member of the Board of Aldermen, have entered Alford pleas and been sentenced to probation on charges of resisting arrest or assault on a law officer in connection with a 2012 incident that generated thousands of Internet comments and video views.

Jessica White, who was charged with third-degree assault on a law officer, and Donald and Jordan White, both charged with resisting or interfering with an arrest, entered the pleas Thursday in Stone County Circuit Court.

An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but is a concession that sufficient evidence exists to find a defendant guilty.

The three were each sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation. They are to return to court for probation status hearings in 2015.

The furor about their arrests stems from a video of the incident posted on a website registered to the Wiley Law Office.  Dale Wiley is the attorney who represented the trio.

In a statement in 2012, Wiley confirms the Whites came home during an unrelated traffic stop near their house. He says the Whites were ordered to stay under their car port.

He then says, "What happened next had nothing to do with interfering with an officer. It had nothing to do with resisting arrest. But luckily, it was all caught on video. We have acquired three videos that clearly demonstrate the obscene language and brutal actions of two Stone County officers."

Court documents differ. Deputies claim Jessica White was intoxicated and punched the deputy in the head, that Jordan White used threats to intimidate deputies and Donald Jordan refused to cooperate with deputies and had to be stopped with a Taser in order to be restrained.

Then-Stone County Sheriff Richard Hill said the video was edited "to the point where I feel they want you to believe something is about to take place, whether you can see it or not.
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