Bad news for 3rd District At-Large Councilman Brandon Ellington today . . . In KCMO municipal court he confronted legal rebuke and a probation order.
For those who don't remember . . .
"Ellington was charged with assault in March after (Freedom Inc. Stalwart) Rodney Bland accused Ellington of poking him in the chest multiple times. It happened while the two were at Soriee Steak & Oyster House in the 18th and Vine District."
Insiders note that part of the judge's ruling and a (standard) condition of his probation includes a mental health evaluation.
These kind of orders are more commonplace nowadays but mostly reserved for domestic drama.
Councilman Ellington will appeal the decision but the probation and diversion rulings typically stand in muni court.
The open question here . . .
Will Kansas City voters remember this in 18 months?!?
This is Brandon's last term before reaching the council limit . . . An even bigger question will be if his rivals at Freedom, Inc. will be able to find a suitable candidate to challenge him with a citywide rep . . . Rather than just another minister unknown outside of the 3rd District.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news links . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A municipal judge found Kansas City Councilman Brandon Ellington guilty of assault. The judge sentenced Ellington to one year of probation.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) --- A Kansas City councilman has been found guilty of a municipal assault charge. Councilman Brandon Ellington will appeal the judge's decision, court documents state. He was charged with assault in March and was accused of poking a man in the chest. Ellington was placed on one year's probation.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, City Councilman Brandon Ellington has been found guilty of a municipal assault charge from March 20, 2021 . A municipal court spokesperson said Ellington was found guilty on Friday. As part of Friday's hearing, Ellington will face one year of probation and pay a $500 fine.
A judge on Friday found Kansas City Councilman Brandon Ellington guilty of a municipal assault charge stemming from a March 20 encounter he had with a political adversary. Ronald Johnson, a Grandview municipal judge who was appointed to handle the case after Kansas City judges recused themselves, heard testimony for about three hours.
Developing . . .