Charge dropped after Stackhouse issues apology

BEAUFORT, N.C. -- A misdemeanor assault charge against
Washington Wizards guard Jerry Stackhouse has been dropped after
the former All-Star apologized to the alleged victim.

Stackhouse was arrested last month in Atlantic Beach on a charge
of assault on a female after a dispute at a rental property with an
employee of the property manager, according to an arrest report.

W. David McFadyen Jr., the regional district attorney, said
Stackhouse's attorneys provided a written apology that the woman,
Patricia Nagy of Newport, accepted.

"She had let me know for some time that she didn't want to go
through the court process, ... that what she was really interested
in was an apology," McFadyen said.

The maximum sentence under the charge would have been 150 days
in jail for habitual offenders.

"As it has been from the beginning in this matter, it was
nothing more than a misunderstanding and a miscommunication, and
the matter has been resolved," said Wesley Collins, an attorney
for Stackhouse in Morehead City.

McFadyen said Stackhouse and his attorneys had been cooperative.
He said Stackhouse was also asked as a goodwill gesture to give
autographed basketballs to several local community groups and for a
law enforcement fund-raising auction.

"My impression from his attorneys was that he accepted the
responsibility and wanted to do what he had to do to get this
matter resolved," McFadyen said.

Stackhouse, a native of Kinston, was renting a house near the
coast July 13 when he and his guests were told they had to leave
the property. Stackhouse apparently believed he had rented it for
another day, police said.

He was charged with grabbing Nagy "around the neck and taking
her to the ground," according to an arrest warrant.

Stackhouse had called the incident "an unfortunate
misunderstanding," and told The Washington Post that there was
"unintentional contact" when he tried to grab the copy of the
lease from Nagy.

McFadyen said he believed Stackhouse's conduct "was not
intended to be an intentional assault."

A phone call to Bill Ward, Nagy's attorney in New Bern, was not
returned Thursday.