UPDATED: City says former Pasadena mayor candidate sentenced to jail

UPDATED: City says former Pasadena mayor candidate sentenced to jail

PASADENA — City officials said Wednesday that former mayoral candidate Jason Hardin entered a no contest plea in a domestic violence case and was sentenced to probation, community service and treatment. The 36-year-old Pasadena resident now faces possible removal from the city’s senior commission.

As part of his agreement with the City Prosecutors Office Hardin entered his no contest plea to one count of domestic battery causing a traumatic condition. Additional charges of leveling criminal threats and obstruction of justice were dropped, officials said.

Hardin denied committing any crime but said he entered the no contest plea because he was unable to afford an attorney.

According to Chief Assistant City Prosecutor Will Rivera, Hardin was sentenced to 36 months of probation, 10 days in a county jail, one year of domestic violence prevention education and 15 days of community service. He will be assigned to CalTrans duty, Rivera said.

Hardin was also ordered to stay away from alcohol and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings three times a week until further notice. The victim was also granted a restraining order, good through the end of Hardin’s probation. 

On May 8, Hardin was arrested by police for allegedly beating his then-girlfriend the previous night. He was in court on May 11.

Hardin must also attend a restitution hearing for July 19, if the court decides that further restitution is necessary. 

Hardin was asked to resign yesterday by city council, but he refused to submit a letter of resignation. Councilman Tyron Hampton asked for a vote to him from the senior commission. Hardin asserts his innocence. 

“I never dreamed this would happen,” Hardin said. “I’m not a violent person.”

 

By Hugo Guzman

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