James Smith, the person charged with threatening the life of a DFS worker, waived his previous request for a trial and pleaded guilty today to assault and tampering charges.

James Smith, the person charged with threatening the life of a DFS worker, waived his previous request for a trial and pleaded guilty today to assault and tampering charges. He received and has served, a 30-day jail sentence. Smith will also be required to pay for his stay.

“Let this serve as a message to persons who threaten harm to people who’s job it is to protect children: You’ll face jail time even if you didn’t have physical contact with the worker you threatened,” said Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton.

The DFS employee was consulted and was in agreement with the defendant serving 30 days in jail on the 2 misdemeanor counts.