Former Semmes Official Gets One Year Probation

Former Semmes Official Gets One Year Probation

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The former Public Works Director for the City of Semmes gets one year probation.  Mark Shane Raiford pleads guilty to five counts of reckless endangerment.  That’s a class A misdemeanor. 

On September 25th, 2012 Raiford noticed five teenagers were decorating his front yard with toilet paper.  This is a common high school homecoming prank.  Raiford shot at the teen’s car as they drove away, damaging the vehicle.  He found the teens pulled over at a nearby gas station and held them at gunpoint until police arrived. 

Raiford was the Public Works Director in Semmes at the time.  About a month and a half after the incident the city let him go.  Both sides say they’re happy with this outcome.  An assistant district attorney says all the victims were notified and were satisfied with the plea.  A felony charge of firing into an occupied vehicle was dropped in the case.  Raiford will have to pay restitution to the teenager who owns the car he damaged as well as unspecified court costs. 

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