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Peoria city councilman enters plea in 2019 domestic case

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PEORIA (HOI) -- The Peoria city councilman who was facing charges of domestic battery and interfering with reporting of a domestic battery had both charges dropped Friday in a plea deal with prosecutors.

In the deal, At-Large Councilman Zach Oyler was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

The Alford plea means Oyler maintains he is innocent but acknowledges the prosecution has enough evidence against him for conviction.

Zachary Oyler

The disorderly conduct charge was filed by the Peoria County State's Attorney's Office on Friday before his appearance in court.

It cites Oyler knowingly made physical contact with his wife, Heather Oyler, in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm and disturb her and provoked a breach of the peace.

The charges stem from his arrest in July 2019 of alleged domestic battery involving his wife.

Oyler pleaded not guilty to his two previous charges in September 2019.

In a statement from Heather Oyler, she states her husband is not guilty of the previous two charges he was facing.

"Heather preferred Zach not to enter a guilty plea because she believes he is not guilty of any criminal offense connected to his arrest in July, 2019," the statement read. "Heather's attempts to intercede with the state's attorney on Zach's behalf was not successful."

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