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Fullilove found not guilty of domestic assault

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove was found not guilty of domestic assault and bodily harm that stemmed from a domestic incident with her husband in August 2012.

A judge rendered the bench trial verdict in three seconds.

Charges against husband Vernon Chalmers were dismissed before her case.

According to reports, police were called to FUlliove's home Aug. 27, 2012, shortly after midnight. Chalmers told police he had been out babysitting his grandchildren and had visited a friend afterwards. Upon returning to the house, Fullilove accused him of cheating on her.

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She then started throwing dishes at Chalmers. He pushed her to the floor to stop her after he was cut on his arm by a flying dish.

Both had been facing the maximum sentence of 11 months and 29 days if they were convicted.

Fullilove's attorneys had been hoping the case would have been dismissed. She was ordered to attend anger management classes, which she completed earlier in the year.

A plea deal was offered after Fullilove decided to face a trial.

Attorneys for the councilwoman told FOX13 News in early March they didn't agree to a part of a plea deal that would have sent her into a drug treatment program. Her defense team said they agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors that only included anger management, which she has completed.

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