Former cop gets probation, avoids jail
By Scott Hagen
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
A former Jackson police officer got scolded Monday but will avoid jail as long as he completes a rehabilitation program.
District Judge Darryl Mazur told Brent Craft he held a position of authority in law enforcement and should have acted appropriately.
Craft, 32, resigned from the Jackson force April 26, two days after he was arrested on drunken-driving and domestic assault charges.
"One assumes you knew more and knew better," Mazur said.
Craft pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was placed on probation for 15 months.
Prosecutors dropped the drunken-driving charge as part of a plea agreement. The domestic assault charge is dropped if Craft completes the batterer-intervention program.
On Monday, attorney Sean Carroll told Mazur the arrest had "life-changing effects" on the eight-year police veteran.
Craft apologized to Mazur personally and to the court, saying it was a "one-time mistake."
State troopers found him and his wife parked on a Liberty Township road. Troopers determined there had been a traffic crash that evening and that Craft, who was off duty, had been drinking and was driving. He also was charged for a fight with his wife.
Craft will spend time in the batterer-intervention program, designed to reduce the recurrence of domestic attacks.
He also was ordered not to drink alcohol during probation and must pay $865 in fees.
Local Officer Arrested/Resigns
WLNS, MI - 4 hours ago
April 24, 2006 12:57 PM PDT
A Jackson police officer is arrested for misbehavior.
A call for help lands a Jackson police officer in jail. Michigan State Police responded to a domestic dispute which included an off-duty officer. Officer Brent Craft is charged with domestic assault and with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Those charges left Craft with out a job. For eight years, Officer Brent Craft protected Jackson residents. During those years, he performed his duties well.
Chief Ervin Portis, Jackson Police Department: "Officer Craft has been a very good police officer for us."
But two bad decisions this weekend- damaged Crafts' reputation, landed him in jail and ended his career with the Jackson Police Department.
Chief Ervin Portis: "Circumstances in his personal life spiraled out of control."
Those circumstances all unfolded here on Gillet Road. State troopers arrested Craft for domestic assault and for driving while intoxicated, Irving Portis was visibly hurt by Craft's actions.
Chief Ervin Portis: "I was mad and disappointed."
Craft resigned. He left his badge behind and a few parting words for his former employer.
Chief Ervin Portis: "He came in this morning, apologetic to me, to the men and women of our department and to the citizens here he served. He apologized for the embarrassment he caused."
A court hearing for Craft has not been set. The eight-year officer's registration is effective immediately.
Man gets 10 to 15 years after struggle with police
Jackson Citizen Patriot (MI)
Friday, August 6, 2004
"This is an assaultive individual who wants to put the blame on everyone else," Assistant Prosecutor Allison Bates said of Gerald Landrum.
A jury last month acquitted Landrum of the most serious offense of attempting to murder an officer, but convicted him of four counts: assault with intent to do great bodily harm against Officer Timothy Hibbard ; resisting and obstructing police causing injury, and two counts of resisting and obstructing officers Ryan LePeak and Brent Craft.
Landrum, 31, was on parole for assault with intent to do great bodily harm when Hibbard attempted to arrest him in the 900 block of Williams Street on April 17. Police said Landrum was drunk and out past his 11 p.m. curfew.
Hibbard said Landrum tried to choke him and grab his handgun in the struggle. All three police and Landrum scuffled on the ground before Landrum was subdued with pepper spray and some punches to the head. Landrum blamed the fight on Hibbard, who was not in court Thursday.
" Timothy Hibbard tried to stretch the truth," Landrum said. "The entire sum of his injuries was a sore throat and bruised shoulder. It was not me causing injuries."
"Grotesque," Bates said of Landrum's explanation. "He is the one who chose to fight."
Landrum's criminal background includes second-degree criminal sexual conduct, possession of cocaine, open intoxicants, marijuana possession, loitering, attempted resisting and obstructing and assault.
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