The Attorney General’s office will not prosecute in the case of County Councilman Vance Phillips and County Sheriff Jeff Christopher. On October 26 the two were in a meeting at GOP headquarters in Georgetown and got into a heated argument which resulted in Phillips throwing a notepad and hitting Christopher in the eye and kicking Christopher in the groin. The Attorney General’s office in Georgetown has looked at the evidence – including eyewitness statements, conflicting statements from the complaining witness and facts gathered during their own investigation – and has declined to prosecute. Georgetown Police have now also closed the case.
Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips has released a statement regarding the decision of the Attorney General’s Office to NOT press charges related to his argument with Sheriff Jeff Christopher in October at County GOP Headquarters in Georgetown.
He says he’s relieved that the investigation has been completed, and recognizes the danger of not keeping emotions in check. Below is Phillips’ statement.
“I am relieved that the Attorney General’s investigation is completed, and that it was thorough enough to discover the whole truth about what happened that afternoon.
Having recently had plenty of time to reflect on this event, and evaluate my life in general, it’s clear to me that unchecked passions can be very dangerous. And it’s clear that if the circumstances of that day were to present themselves again, I would conduct myself differently. But we cannot change the past.
I want to take this opportunity to apologize to the sheriff, to our party members and leadership, and most importantly to the citizens of Sussex County for this whole unfortunate and embarrassing episode. I am hopeful the sheriff will join me in moving beyond this, not just for our own sake, but for the sake of the people we represent.
We need to set aside our differences, conduct ourselves like grown adults, and work together in the best interest of the County we both love. That is what we should have done from the beginning, and it is my pledge to do so in moving forward.”
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