The son of former Hamilton County Sheriff Billy Long pleaded guilty Thursday to simple assault stemming from an April altercation with his wife that caused her to lose a front tooth.
William Allen Long, 26, received a year-long sentence at Silverdale Detention Center, but he will not have to spend any time in jail if he spends five days picking up trash along local roads and 12 days in anger-management classes.
The younger Mr. Long also must pay $50 in court costs and $1,800 in restitution to his wife, Tasha Long, to help pay for her dental work.
“I’m just glad this is all over,” Mrs. Long said Thursday after the hearing in Hamilton County General Sessions Court.
Mrs. Long, who has two children with William Allen Long, said she plans to file for divorce as soon as she can pull enough money together to pay for it.
Red Bank police arrested William Allen Long on April 15 after his wife claimed he assaulted her in their vehicle as they were driving home from a friend’s house. According to the complaint affidavit, he struck Mrs. Long in the face and mouth, knocking out a front tooth.
When police asked him about the assault, according to the affidavit, the defendant stated “he hit her because she would not get out of his face and shut up.”
Defense attorney Jerry Summers, who represents both William Allen Long and his father, Billy, said there are “two sides to every story.”
“Unfortunately, Allen should not have slapped her,” Mr. Summers said. “But there were certainly some mitigating circumstances that were taken into account by the district attorney’s office in resolving the case the way it was.”
William Allen Long originally faced the more serious charge of aggravated domestic assault.
The elder Mr. Long was arrested in February after a lengthy sting uncovered evidence showing he had taken more than $23,000 in illegal payoffs from convenience store shakedowns and alleged drug-trafficking proceeds. He also was recorded giving a gun to a convicted felon and participating in a cocaine transaction.
Billy Long pleaded guilty to 27 federal crimes in May and will be sentenced Oct. 27.