STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – Just days after being arrested for alleged arson following a domestic dispute, a Stockbridge city councilwoman says she regrets the ordeal.
On Sept. 8, officers arrived at the home of LaKeisha T. Gantt on Monarch Village Way after her husband reported Gantt threatened to cut his throat during an argument.
When Henry County Police responded to the home, officers found the councilwoman in the garage in front of a pile of “smoldering” clothing that she apparently set on fire. In a police report, Gantt allegedly mentioned something about infidelity. They arrested her and charged her with arson. A judge later reduced the charge to criminal trespass, and Henry County Police Lt. Mike Ireland said that Gantt's husband was not able to prove any threats.
On Monday, Gantt, who is an attorney and became the city’s first chairman for the ethics board in 2011, released a statement saying that she regrets responding to the argument as she did.
“On Sept. 7, 2016, I learned of the ultimate betrayal a wife and mother could experience,” she said in the statement. “I regret that in initially responding to this crisis, I undertook certain actions which I am not proud of and which have brought public attention to my private matter.”
Gantt apologized for the negative attention brought to the City of Stockbridge. She also said she is now receiving professional and spiritual advice, and is “in the process of addressing this matter with the hopes of putting it behind me in a healthy and responsible manner.”
She went on to thank her friends and family for their prayers and support.
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