Grapski strikes deal with state

Published: Friday, January 16, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 11:02 p.m.

Charles James "Charlie" Grapski struck a deal with the State Attorney's Office Thursday, midway through his trial on misdemeanor trespassing and criminal mischief charges.

Grapski, 43, is a one-time candidate for the Florida House of Representatives and a frequent plaintiff in lawsuits against the city of Alachua. He was on trial Thursday for an October arrest by Gainesville police, who accused him of forcing his way into a home against the wishes of the residents.

In the middle of the one-day trial, Grapski pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and was adjudicated guilty by Alachua County Court Judge Tom Jaworski.

Grapski was sentenced to six months of probation and fined $286. However, Jaworski cut 91 days off the probation sentence for time Grapski has already served in the Alachua County jail.

Jaworski also issued the following special conditions for Grapski's probation: He may not possess or drink alcohol, he must submit to random testing for drug and alcohol use, he may have no contact with the victim in the case and he must continue his current counseling regimen.

Grapski was returned to the county jail following his court appearance, but was expected to be released late Thursday or today to await his next court appearance.

At the time of his arrest on the misdemeanor charges, Grapski was free on bond for two previous felony cases involving charges of trespassing, three counts of battery on an officer and two counts of resisting arrest without violence.

When he was arrested on the misdemeanor charges in October, Grapski was ordered held without bond at the county jail because his arrest violated his pre-trial agreement in the felony cases.

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