MDOC NUMBER: 228745 CURRENT STATUS: PRISONER LOCATION: NEWBERRY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SECURITY LEVEL: II EARLIEST RELEASE DATE: LIFE MAXIMUM DISCHARGE DATE: LIFE SENTENCE 1: OFFENSE: WEAPONS- FELONY FIREARMS MCL #: 750.227BA COURT FILE # : 92949 COUNTY: CALHOUN CONVICTION TYPE: JURY MINIMUM SENTENCE: 2 YEARS 0 MONTHS MAXIMUM SENTENCE: 2 YEARS 0 MONTHS DATE OF OFFENSE: 02/09/1991 DATE OF SENTENCE: 01/06/1993 SENTENCE 2: OFFENSE: MURDER, FIRST DEGREE MCL #: 750.316 COURT FILE # : 92949 COUNTY: CALHOUN CONVICTION TYPE: JURY MINIMUM SENTENCE: LIFE MAXIMUM SENTENCE: LIFE DATE OF OFFENSE: 02/09/1991 DATE OF SENTENCE: 01/06/1993
A former police officer convicted of killing his wife, a television news anchor, in a sniper attack at their home two years ago was sentenced today to life in prison without possibility of parole. The sentence was imposed on Bradford King by Judge Conrad Sindt of Calhoun County Circuit Court. Mr. King, who is 45, was convicted last month. Mr. King's wife, Diane Newton King, 34, was killed in February 1991, shot twice in the driveway of the couple's home in Marshall, just east of Battle Creek, as she was removing their two infant children from her car. The authorities say the shots were fired from a hayloft on the property.
Ex-officer gets life for killing his wife
Thursday, January 7, 1993
Battle Creek, Mich.- A former police officer convicted of killing his TV news reporter wife in a sniper attack was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without possibility of parole. Bradford King read a statement before sentencing, claiming he was innocent. King, 45, a part-time criminal justice instructor, was convicted last month in the February 1991 death of his wife, Diane Newton King, 34.
BEULAH -- Jeff Morse had troubles in the past, but believes they'll help him provide well-rounded leadership if elected Benzie County sheriff. The Lake Ann native and Republican candidate pleaded no contest to a charge of domestic violence in Antrim County after he assaulted his wife in 1995. Morse also was fired from the White Cloud police department in 1993 following an altercation with the city clerk, the former police chief there said. Morse acknowledges White Cloud fired him following the run-in with the clerk, but he denies assaulting her. Morse also said he's ashamed of the 1995 assault on his now ex-wife, but that he learned from the incident. "It's something that was part of my past; I'm not proud of it," Morse, 43, said. "However, it made me a better person." Morse believes his experience with the criminal charge gives him a better understanding of "both sides" of the law enforcement process, along with more compassion for victims. "I'm going to be a champion to the women of Benzie County when it comes to domestic violence," he said. Morse briefly worked as a part-time officer for the East Jordan Police Department, but was fired from the department in 1995 because of the incident with his wife, officials there said. Craig Grunow, who was police chief when Morse was fired from White Cloud, said he contacted the Michigan State Police to investigate after allegations of an assault on the city clerk surfaced. The city council fired Morse shortly after the incident, Grunow said. Morse said he got in a "heated argument" with the clerk, but in "no way" touched or assaulted her. "If there was an assault, the state police would have arrested me," he said. Morse has been a paraprofessional at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District's Career Tech Center for about five years, he said. He wants to improve the behavior of Benzie sheriff's deputies in the community. "I want to instill back in the sheriff's department an attitude of customer service," he said. "People need to be treated with the utmost respect, and that's not happening." Morse said he's struck a chord with voters through his desire to "change the culture" of the sheriff's department. "I've got a huge base of support. People in this county want change, but they don't want somebody who's going to talk about change," he said. "They want somebody to walk the walk."