The Hillsville mayor is in jail.
Mayor Greg Crowder started serving a four-day sentence Friday morning in Bristol, Virginia.
He was charged with impersonating an ABC agent after employees at a Bristol restaurant say he told them he was an ABC agent back in March.
As part of a plea agreement, a judge convicted Crowder of disorderly conduct.
Crowder did not admit any guilt, but agreed there was enough evidence to find him guilty.
Here is a press release from Crowder's attorney, Jonathan McGrady.
Today before the Bristol Circuit Court, Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder entered an Alford Plea to the amended charge of disorderly conduct whereby without admitting any guilt, Crowder stipulated there was sufficient evidence to find him guilty of disorderly conduct for an incident that happened in a Bristol steakhouse on March 14, 2013. Crowder was originally charged with impersonating an ABC agent and found guilty by the Bristol General District Court and sentenced to 90 days in jail with 60 days suspended and a $500 fine. He appealed the conviction and was set for a jury trial on June 12th.
“I began representing Mr. Crowder on his appeal” said Hillsville Attorney Jonathan McGrady. “I can tell you there was no way Mr. Crowder was going to plead guilty to impersonating an ABC agent which is considered a moral turpitude offense that Mr. Crowder vehemently denies doing. We felt very confident in an acquittal of the charge before a jury. However late in the afternoon, the day before the jury trial, the Commonwealth offered to amend the charge to disorderly conduct with a reduced sentence of 30 days in jail with 26 days suspended and a $100 fine which we agreed to and the Bristol Circuit Court accepted.”
According to McGrady, the undisputed evidence was that Mayor Crowder became upset with a disruptive table of young adults seated next to him and his wife. McGrady said “neither Mr. Crowder nor his wife had consumed any alcohol that day and paid for their meal with a credit card. Mr. Crowder was very concerned that a couple of the persons at the disruptive table were visibly drunk, rowdy, and were continuing to be served alcoholic drinks and even allowed to take to go cups out of the restaurant filled with alcohol. We discovered that one of the persons at the table was a former employee of the restaurant which may explain why Mr. Crowder’s concerns were not addressed” said McGrady.