But a grand jury failed to indict Retherford on the felony, and in May he was found guilty and sentenced to a suspended jail sentence and two years of non-reporting probation.
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“I’ve been talking with people, and a lot of people also see that I accepted it,” he said. “I didn’t try to use my power.”
Changes in Retherford’s life since March 12, he said, include not consuming alcohol since.
“I haven’t had a drink since that night at all. Not even at home in the privacy of my own house,” he said. “I’ve refocused and committed myself to my faith, my family, my job, my health.”