William J. "Dub" Lawrence, former Davis County sheriff and county commissioner, has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge in a domestic dispute and now faces up to six months in jail.
Lawrence, Centerville, pleaded no contest to the Class B misdemeanor in Centerville Justice Court Tuesday afternoon, the same day as the 3:30 a.m. incident at his home. Judge Jerald Jensen scheduled sentencing for Monday, April 10.Lawrence has been held in the Davis County Jail on a $500 cash bond since his arrest by Centerville Police.
His wife, Nancy, filed for a restraining order Tuesday in 2nd District Court to keep Lawrence out of their home. A hearing on the petition has been set for April 20 by Court Commissioner Michael Allphin. A temporary restraining order is in effect until the hearing.
Centerville Police reported being called to the Lawrence home early Tuesday morning on a domestic dispute. When they arrived, Lawrence was gone but he returned after a short time, according to police.
Police Chief Jim Oswald said the two officers who responded to the call decided to arrest Lawrence when they saw a red welt on his wife's arm indicating there had been some physical assault.
The incident, including the arrest, ended peacefully, according to the chief.
Lawrence was elected sheriff of Davis County in 1974 as a Democrat, serving one four-year term. In 1988, he ran for the county commission as a Republican, serving a two-year term.
He then challenged Rep. Jim Hansen for his First District Congressional seat twice in the next four years, first as a Republican and then on the Independent Party ticket.
Hansen defeated Lawrence in 1990 in the state GOP convention and in 1992 in the general election.