Janaury 11, 2013 domestic violence assault:
Ottawa County Sheriff's deputy sentenced for domestic violence
Thursday, March 14, 2013 3:11 p.m. EDT
GRAND HAVEN (WKZO) -- Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Vanderlaan will be on probation for a year for a domestic violence conviction. The 41-year-old cop could have the conviction removed from his record after completing probation. He was charged in January after a fight with his wife, and remains on desk duty with the sheriff's department pending a disciplinary hearing this week.
Ottawa County sheriff's deputy sentenced to probation on domestic violence charge
By John Tunison
March 13, 2013 at 4:40 PM
Updated March 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM
GRAND HAVEN, MI -- A judge has sentenced an Ottawa County sheriff's deputy to a year of probation - with the potential the charge will be erased - after he was charged with domestic violence in January.
Michael Vanderlaan, 41, was sentenced under the Michigan Spousal Abuse Act that allows first-time offenders the opportunity to have their criminal conviction removed from the public record if they satisfactorily complete probation.
Vanderlaan was charged with domestic violence after a Jan. 11 altercation involving his wife.
Vanderlaan was assigned to administrative duties after being charged and is working at the sheriff's Georgetown Township office.
Ottawa County Undersheriff Greg Steigenga said Wednesday, March 13, Vanderlaan, a 10-year employee with the department, remains on that status pending a disciplinary hearing expected later this week.
Ottawa County deputy's plea to domestic violence is under advisement
By John Tunison
The Grand Rapids Press
March 01, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Updated March 01, 2013 at 11:37 AM
GRAND HAVEN, MI -- A 41-year-old Ottawa County sheriff's deputy could be sentenced as early as March 11 on a domestic violence charge, court records show.
A judge took a plea to domestic violence for Michael Vanderlaan under advisement on Feb. 18, with a pending March 11 sentencing date.
Vanderlaan was accused of domestic violence after a Jan. 11 altercation involving his wife.
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"This altercation turned physical resulting in some minor injuries to his wife, including bruising," state police said in an earlier news release.
The plea was taken under advisement so Ottawa County District Court Judge Craig Bunce can determine whether to sentence Vanderlaan under the Michigan Spousal Abuse Act.
It allows for a judge to place a first-time domestic violence offender on probation. If the person completes the probation, no conviction against the offender will be publicly recorded.
Vanderlaan is assigned to the sheriff's Georgetown Township office and has been with the department for 10 years.