Shelby Co. Commissioner Justin Ford submits Alford plea in domestic violence case

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County County Commissioner Justin Ford accepted an Alford plea in his domestic violence case after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

Ford was sentenced to 11 months of probation and will be required to take a class on domestic violence and anger management.

Ford was arrested in April 2017 after a fight with his girlfriend in a parking lot. At that time, he was accused of choking and hitting her.

An Alford plea is a guilty plea in which the defendant still maintains their innocence, however, realizes there is enough evidence against them that he may not win if the case went to trial.

"Never have I ever hit a woman. So, the three charges that you are talking about are null and void to me. I know nothing," Ford said.

Despite denying that he ever hit or abused a woman, Ford will be required to attend anger management as part of his sentence, which also includes nearly a year of probation.

The woman involved in the case did not appear in court, but her attorney spoke on her behalf.

"She's satisfied with the outcome of the case. She was consulted and she was satisfied with the outcome of the case," her attorney said.

Ford claims the two remain friends, and they plan to move forward.

"She was a best friend then and she is a best friend now," he said. "Apologize on my behalf. We are moving forward from it, my family is ready to move on."

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