LAWRENCEVILLE — His local criminal case now resolved, a federal prison stay is likely next for the son of former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter.
Court records showed that John Fanning pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges of battery, second-degree criminal damage to property and obstructing a 911 call, receiving a sentence of two years confinement followed by five on probation. He was also ordered to 200 hours of community service, “no contact whatsoever” with his estranged wife, Lesley, and random screenings for drugs and alcohol, Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney Michael DiOrio said.
Fanning, 35, was originally charged with more serious crimes like aggravated assault and third-degree cruelty to children following an October altercation with his estranged wife, an incident that triggered the sheriff’s office SWAT team to respond to the couple’s Dacula home.
Though a federal courts spokesman did not respond to inquiries Thursday, the resolution of the Gwinnett County case likely means Fanning will soon begin serving the 57-month prison term stemming from his involvement in the government corruption scandal that led to his mother’s undoing.
Fanning and business partner Carl “Skip” Cain pleaded guilty last September for their participation in a 2011 scheme to sell the county commission vote of Lasseter, Fanning’s mother, on a proposed real estate development. The duo also pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking charges in a related incident and were charged to nearly five years in federal prison.
Fanning — a member of Gwinnett’s zoning appeals board at the time of the scandal — had originally been ordered to begin his federal prison term shortly after his plea, but the incident involving his wife interceded.
During that incident, Fanning allegedly assaulted Lesley with a table leg, broke her cellphone and fled into the woods. A month earlier, Lesley Fanning had been arrested after allegedly bringing a handgun to the Gwinnett County courthouse, where she was due to attend a custody hearing for the estranged couple’s children.
DiOrio said Thursday that Fanning’s two-year sentence in Gwinnett “may run concurrent” with the federal sentence.
Lasseter, meanwhile, is currently serving her own 33-month sentence for accepting bribes. She is at a federal prison in Marianna, Fla.