Mayor’s husband let off with warning after being accused of threatening council member

Posted at 4:29 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 17:29:47-05

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. – Mayor Melinda Mitchell’s husband has been let off with a warning after facing a possible misdemeanor simple assault charge following an incident involving a city councilman that happened on Friday.

The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed to KATC on Friday that Lawrence “Manny” Mitchell was issued a summons for misdemeanor simple assault after a heated exchange with Councilman Craig Prosper on his personal cell phone in the presence of Police Chief Ricky Martin.

A hearing was held Monday morning at Parks City Hall with Justice of the Peace Charlene Champagne where she heard from both Mitchell and Prosper about the incident.

According to Champagne, she decided to issue a warning to both men for them to stay away from each other  instead of issuing a peace bond. However, Champagne says she will issue one if she finds out they have interacted with one another in the next six months.

“If something happens, they will be brought back and a $1000 peace bond will be issued,” Champagne told KATC.

Read more about Friday’s incident here.