HALL COUNTY - Katt Williams entered a plea of no contest to multiple counts Thursday stemming from an incident earlier this year involving a bodyguard allegedly assaulted with a wooden bat.
In turn, the state dismissed multiple charges in the negotiated plea, resulting in five years of probation.
In a March indictment, Williams was charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, terroristic threats, simple battery, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The District Attorney’s Office dismissed the aggravated assault and firearm possession charge, and Williams pleaded no contest to the lesser offenses. The false imprisonment and terroristic threats charges were reduced to simple assault.
The marijuana charge is under a conditional discharge, meaning Williams will not be punished if he abides by the court’s conditions.
The total was five years of probation, Williams’ attorney Drew Findling said.
According to Assistant District Attorney Ray Mayer, Williams will also pay $7,500 in restitution to the victim, serve 100 hours of community service and is banished from Hall and Dawson counties.
Coming before Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller, Findling said he and Mayer went through about six or seven drafts of the plea.
Calling Williams a “decent and caring person,” Findling said he has had “nothing but positive” experiences with the comedian.