From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Former CBS 42 Chief Meteorologist Mark Prater signed a plea agreement for a reduced charge in a domestic violence case that originated in Trussville.
According to court documents, Prater pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassing communications, non-domestic violence. The original charge was felony second-degree domestic violence stalking. The court documents stated that after several days of constant harassment that began on Nov. 24, 2018, Prater allegedly made 17 calls and sent 37 emails to the victim on Tuesday morning.
The victim also stated in the petition for protection from abuse that Prater had threatened to take away the victim’s child by going through the child’s father and threatened to come after her daughter in a voicemail. In addition to threats, Prater also harassed the victim several times at her Trussville home, the court documents stated.
Prater’s attorney, Thomas Spina, said Prater would like to publicly apologize to all who were affected by his behavior. Spina said his client has paid “dearly” for his mistake but that he is a “good guy.”
Spina said he believes Prater was “overcharged in the beginning.”