HERTFORD, N.C. – A Hertford city councilman faced assault charges after getting into a physical altercation with another councilman following a meeting Monday, according to the Perquimans County Sheriff’s Office.
Councilman Quentin Jackson is facing the misdemeanor simple assault charge after he allegedly hit councilman James Sidney Eley in the head.
According to the police report filed, Eley and Jackson got in the altercation with a few other members of the meeting around who witnessed the incident. Jackson reportedly struck Eley in the left temple.
The reason for the punch thrown seems to have started over support for Jackson and the Democratic Party, which he represents, according to the statements in the police report by Eley.
Eley also in his statement to police said multiple people had to restrain Jackson. Jackson then reportedly left the meeting place after the altercation.
On January 17, 2019 Jackson was sentenced to 120 days behind bars after being found guilty.
The case was appealed to a superior court immediately.