Riddle Faces Assault Charges

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Sam Riddle, the embattled political consultant, who already faces federal charges in the $1.2 billion Synagro sludge-hauling contract scandal, is now also facing felonious assault charges.

According to reports, Riddle’s girlfriend, former State Rep. Mary Waters, alleges that Riddle pulled a shotgun on her when she found him with another woman and got a camera.

Magistrate Renee McDuffee has set a $25,000 bond for Riddle at his arraignment and called him a danger to society, saying he cocked the gun and pointed it. Riddle must remain on a GPS tether and stay away from Waters, with whom he shared a townhouse.

Riddle will be released if he posts $2,500 or 10 percent of his bond.

If convicted of the assault charge, Riddle could face up to four years in prison, plus another two years for using a firearm to commit a felony.

The woman with Riddle, TaKesha Washington, was arraigned on a charge of possession of marijuana. At press time she was set to be transported to Roseville, where she is wanted on charges of embezzlement.

Riddle is due to go to trial in January in the Synagro matter, and is currently free on a $10,000 unsecured personal bond in that case.

He and Waters also face trial on charges they bribed a former Southfield city councilman in connection with the relocation of a pawn shop.

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