Stevenson man charged with punching referee at football game


FORT PAYNE, Alabama (WDEF) – A northeast Alabama man has been charged with punching a referee last Friday.

38 year old Johnny Ladell Gilliam from Stevenson faces third degree assault.

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Investigators say he hit the referee during the North Jackson versus Arab High football game.

He turned himself in on Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest and has been released on bond.

Alabama law makes assaulting a sports official a Class C felony.

That means he faces between one and ten years if convicted.