Fair’s trial called off, plea hearing next week

Fair’s trial called off, plea hearing next week

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RACINE — Former Racine Alderman Keith Fair won’t go on trial next week for allegedly attacking a pregnant employee after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Fair, 61, is accused of hitting and choking the woman in 2011 while he was an alderman and she was pregnant and worked at his bar and private detective agency.

During a bail bond hearing Friday for the woman who accused him of attacking her, Racine County Circuit Judge Allan “Pat” Torhorst said Fair’s trial — slated for May 28 and May 29 — had been called off.

“Mr. Fair ... has reached a settlement agreement and will not got to trial next Wednesday,” Torhorst said.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Repischak declined to comment about the terms of the plea agreement after the hearing.

A message was left Friday for Fair’s defense attorney, Vincent Bobot, but he wasn’t available for comment.

When reached by phone Friday afternoon, Fair confirmed he has reached a plea deal with prosecutors, but declined to comment on its specifics.

Fair’s accuser is in the Racine County Jail on a material witness warrant — issued by Torhorst in this case after she failed to show up for Fair’s trial on Jan. 15 — and on two criminal charges netted in another case. The woman, who had moved to Carrier Mills, Ill., after the alleged altercation with

Fair, is charged with cocaine possession and

disorderly conduct in a March 16 domestic incident with a man in Racine. That alleged incident didn’t involve Fair.

The woman’s name is not being used because she is the alleged victim in Fair’s case.

During Friday’s hearing, Assistant State Public Defender Nhu Tran asked for a modification to the woman’s bond, which was set at $5,000 cash in this case.

“I’m not going to object to modifying the bond to a signature bond” in the case involving Fair, Repischak said during the hearing.

Torhorst converted it from a $5,000 cash bond to a $5,000 signature bond.

But she may still be in jail on the drug case, Tran said.

Torhorst also ordered the woman to be available Wednesday, as necessary for the anticipated plea with Fair that’s set for 8:30 a.m.

During a bail hearing last month, Tran said the reason the woman didn’t show up for Fair’s trial in January was because she “was being harassed ... It got to the point she feared for her safety. She relocated with her three children to Illinois.”

Bobot previously has maintained that neither he nor Fair have contacted the woman or threatened her.

Former Racine Alderman Keith Fair’s plea hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Law Enforcement Center in Racine.

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