Scottie Mayfield's son expected to plead guilty in tire-slashing case

photo Michael Mayfield, 33, has been charged with vandalism under $500.

KINGSTON, Tenn. - Prosecutors expect Scottie Mayfield's son to plead guilty to vandalism in connection with a tire-slashing case left over from his father's unsuccessful congressional bid.

A judge is likely to grant judicial diversion to Michael Mayfield, which means the 33-year-old farmer will avoid punishment beyond a form of probation, officials said. Judicial diversion usually involves no jail time and allows a misdemeanor to be expunged if a defendant stays out of trouble for a year.

"Both sides are in agreement that he should be deserving of diversion," said Bill Reedy, the Roane County assistant district attorney handling the case.