Sterling Heights Firefighter Joel Abernathy charged with felony assault
ONE COUNT OF FELONIOUS ASSAULT ; ONE FELONY COUNT OF CARRYING A FIREARM W/O A PERMIT
MDOC NUMBER: 720278
CURRENT STATUS: PAROLEE
LOCATION: MACOMB/MT. CLEMENS/PAR/REP
SUPERVISION BEGIN DATE: 08/11/2009
SUPERVISION DISCHARGE DATE: 02/11/2011
DATE PAROLED: 08/11/2009
OFFENSE: ASSAULT W/DANGEROUS WEAPON [FELONIOUS ASSAULT]
MCL #: 750.82
COURT FILE # : 0813718-01
CONVICTION TYPE: PLEA
MINIMUM SENTENCE: 1 YEAR 0 MONTHS
MAXIMUM SENTENCE: 4 YEARS 0 MONTHS
DATE OF OFFENSE: 09/28/2008
DATE OF SENTENCE: 03/17/2009
Michigan Firefighter Cracks UpFire Geezer on 01 Oct 2008 10:40 am
A STERLING HEIGHTS, MICHIGAN, FIREFIGHTER HAS BEEN taken into custody by police following a bizarre incident Sunday night. Joel Abernathy, 44, was arraigned Monday and charged with felonious assault and a firearms offense after an altercation with his wife and an off-duty bartender.
Abernathy and his wife were patrons at the Ugly Duckling bar in nearby Harper Woods when they got into an argument. He then stormed out of the bar, but returned 40 minutes later suddenly clothed in his fire department dress uniform and carrying a large handgun.
While he was gone, his wife moved to another area in the bar to play a game of pool. When Abernathy returned he mistook another woman sitting at the bar, an off-duty employee, for his wife and accosted her with the gun. Holding the gun to her head, he demanded that she “give me the keys!” After realizing his mistake, he sought out his wife in the bar, grabbed her purse and left.
When the police arrived, other patrons identified him and his credit card receipt confirmed it. Driving to his house, they found him walking along the street and arrested him.