Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown resigned Wednesday and will face misdemeanor assault charges after getting into a fist fight at Whataburger.
The fight happened on New Year ’s Day at the Whataburger restaurant in Midlothian. Sheriff Brown and his brother were involved in a verbal and physical altercation with another group of patrons.
Two 21-year-old men from Killeen told police Brown’s brother started the fight because of an incident in the parking lot. Words were exchanged as they ordered food and there is video of the sheriff throwing at least one punch.
No one was arrested immediately afterward, but at a hearing Wednesday Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. He also turned in his letter of resignation and surrendered his peace officer’s certificate.
The former sheriff will be booked into jail, with fingerprints and a mugshot. But he won’t spend time the night behind bars because he was only sentenced to one day and a $500 fine.
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