A newly elected DeWitt County Board member says he's surprised he landed in jail after what he described as a routine "get acquainted" meeting with a fellow official. DeWitt County sheriff's deputies arrested 55-year-old Terry Hoffman of Maroa on Wednesday. Hoffman was jailed overnight on felony aggravated battery charges related to a meeting with Teresa Barnett, the DeWitt County/Clinton Emergency Management Agency director. Hoffman says no harsh words were exchanged during their discussion. He says he at one point did poke her upper arm while making a point. He says he intended that to be "a conciliatory gesture." Barnett and DeWitt County Board Chairwoman Sherrie Brown declined to comment on the case. Hoffman is due in court January 16.
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