- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A Trumann man has been sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty to attacking three students at an elementary school in Caraway in 2012.

The Jonesboro Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1fIhF40 ) that 49-year-old Michael Wayne Stayton was sentenced Friday after Stayton pleaded guilty to three counts of battery. Stayton was also ordered to undergo alcohol and drug rehabilitation and to have no contact with the victims.

Stayton was arrested Sept. 18, 2012, after allegedly walking into a classroom at Riverside East Elementary and attacking the 8, 9, and 10-year-old students because one had reportedly been “mean” to his daughter.

Stayton’s attorney said Stayton considered the incident to horseplay. Stayton said after the hearing that he “just wanted to get it over with.”

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Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, https://www.jonesborosun.com

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