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UPDATED: Southern Smoke Owner Found Guilty of Battery Charges, Gets 90 Days

Sam Gardian, owner of Southern Smoke BBQ and Brewhouse in Old Town Newall was found guilty of battery charges in a Santa Clarita Courtroom today, the Santa Clarita Signal is reporting.

Sam Gardian, Owner of Southern Smoke, in 2016

Gardian was accused of committing two acts of “simple” battery and two acts of sexual battery against a former employee in April of 2016.  The jury found Gardian guilty on all four counts, each a misdemeanor according to the Signal.

Sentencing is scheduled for Monday and Gardian could face up to 2 years in jail and $8000 in fines. Updated 3/27: Gardian was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to undergo counseling and stay away from the victim, according to The Signal.

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