By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 14, 1998 12:00 AM
Advertisement

Assault charges against country singer Tim McGraw, 34, were reduced yesterday from a felony to a misdemeanor — over the protest of the Erie County, N.Y., sheriff, reports the Associated Press. In a trial scheduled to take place Dec. 7, McGraw, singer Kenny Chesney and McGraw’s manager will face accusations that they scuffled with authorities following a June 3 concert, when Chesney allegedly rode off on a police horse without the officer’s permission. Chesney is further accused of grabbing a deputy by the throat after his pony ride ended. While the three have declared their innocence, each man faces a potential jail term of one year. District Attorney Frank Clark is also not amused by McGraw’s behavior since the arrest, complaining that, in concerts, “Faith Hill (McGraw’s wife) dresses up in uniform and takes away Tim McGraw in handcuffs.”