Benton Man Arrested After Punching Mayor Outside Grocery Store

Benton Man Arrested After Punching Mayor Outside Grocery Store

(Albert Smith; Photo Credit: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

A Benton man was arrested after punching Benton Mayor Fred Kondritz Wednesday afternoon. Albert Smith is facing charges of aggravated battery of a public official and is currently free on bond. Reports say Smith walked up to the mayor, who he’s known most of his life, and punched him in the face after briefly talking outside of Fred’s Super Dollar in Benton. According to the Southern Illinoisan, the incident stems from letters to the editor printed by the Southern along with the Benton Evening News.