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Wilson sentenced: New Fairview Mayor given probation for disorderly conduct

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, August 25, 2018
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The mayor of New Fairview pleaded “no contest” earlier this month to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, stemming from an incident involving a security guard two years ago.

Joe Max Wilson entered a plea of “nolo contendere” in district court Aug. 6 to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct/display a deadly weapon. That offense is a Class B misdemeanor.

Wilson was placed on deferred adjudication and sentenced to one year of community service.

The 66-year-old Wilson had been indicted two years ago on a first degree felony charge of aggravated assault against a security officer.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit obtained through an open records request, the incident took place Jan. 12, 2016, at a Devon Energy location on County Road 4717 in New Fairview.

The alleged victim, who was working as a security guard in a Tricorp Security Mobile Guard Shack, said she was eating lunch when she felt an impact. The victim then stood up and saw a white Nissan SUV driving toward her a second time. She exited the shack before the SUV struck the building a third time, according to the affidavit.

“The driver was screaming at the victim about Devon owing him money for being on his property,” the affidavit states.

The driver of the SUV was identified by a Devon employee as Wilson.

An investigator with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office spoke to Wilson who said he did make contact with the guard shack but said it was empty, according to the affidavit.

That account was contradicted by another witness who said the guard was in the shack when it was struck by the SUV, the affidavit stated.

Wilson’s attorney, Allen Williamson, said at the expiration of the term of community supervision, the case will be dismissed.

“It is important to note that he pled no contest to the charge of disorderly conduct … which basically accused him of causing someone alarm,” Williamson said. “The reduced charge did not allege any threats or physical contact with anyone. By not contesting the reduced charge, Mayor Wilson will be able to put this matter behind him and move on with his life and continue his service to the community.”

According to court records, Wilson was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. He was also given the standard terms of probation, including a requirement to perform 240 hours of community service. He is not required to serve any jail time.

Wilson has served as mayor since 2007.

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