A Glencoe man was sentenced to jail time after he negotiated a plea of no contest, to battery charges, stemming from an April 2006 attack, in Fulton County Circuit Court May 7.
Jacob D. Acord, 27, was sentenced to serve one month of confinement in the Fulton County Jail and 270 days of probation following his release. In addition, Circuit Judge Tim Weaver ordered Acord to pay $1,150 in court costs and fines, as well as $18,979 in restitution.
Acord's conviction resulted from an incident in which he attacked and severely injured a patron leaving the Royal Order of the Moose Lodge in Salem.
According to original reports, Acord and his girlfriend, Rachel Higginbotham, were involved in a disagreement with another couple at the Moose Lodge.
As the argument escalated, Acord became belligerent, so Rick Roberts, 51, intervened and told Acord and Higginbotham to leave.
Reports said that the two left the Moose Lodge, but returned and hid among some brush near the exit, waiting for Roberts to leave.
As Roberts was about to leave, Acord and Higginbotham pulled him into the parking lot, and Acord began beating Roberts, according to reports.
Witnesses at the scene said they saw Acord standing over Roberts' unconscious body and watched him and Higginbotham run away, leaving Roberts incoherent and not breathing, when they realized people were nearby.
Roberts required hospitalization. While waiting for help, a Moose Lodge patron administered CPR on Roberts. He suffered severe head injuries and was hospitalized at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Mo.
Acord was originally charged with second degree battery, a class D felony; however, per the plea agreement, Acord was found guilty of third degree battery and charges against Higginbotham were dropped.
Roberts has fully recovered. In February, he was crowned King of the Moose Lodge during the organization's Mardi Gras celebration.