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Posted on Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 11:09 a.m.

Convict who said he was too dangerous for prison sentenced to more time behind bars

By Kyle Feldscher

He might believe he’s too dangerous for prison, but Kyle Richards will be seeing more of it after he was sentenced to two to five years in prison for violating his probation, according to court records.


Kyle Richards

Courtesy state of Michigan

Richards was on probation for two counts of assaulting a prison employee when he robbed a bank in Fraser earlier this year. He admitted to the probation violation Thursday in front of Washtenaw Trial Court Judge David Swartz and received the maximum sentence of two to five years in prison, court records show.

Last month, Richards told Swartz that he was too dangerous for prison and was assaulting state workers as a form of “violent dissension.” It was another bizarre court move for Richards, who has also sued Gov. Rick Snyder and the state of Michigan for not allowing him to possess pornographic materials while in jail.

He cited cruel and unusual punishment as his main reason for wanting access to porn while incarcerated. The lawsuit was dismissed, according to court records.

Richards also is a member of the Sovereign Citizen Movement, a right-wing anarchist group that has been designated an “extremist anti-government” group by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The original conviction of assaulting a prison employee stems from a May 2009 incident where he assaulted a female employee at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, according to court records.

He was sentenced to between three years and 20 years in prison for the Fraser bank robbery, according to state records.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 7:53 p.m.

@clownfish: LOL, suddenly the Tea Party pales in comparison to this extremist group, huh? And, no, I'm no fan of the Tea Party but I do hear their frustrations just like the rest of us 99%-ers.


Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 2:17 p.m.

Mr. Feldscher, for a crime and courts reporter it is odd that you would be (as it seems from this article) unaware that prison and jail are two different things and cannot be used interchangeably. The article states Kyle Richards is going back to prison, but the title of the article states he was "sentenced to more jail time." As far as I can tell, Richards is currently in prison in Ionia. Also, I admit that I could be missing something here since I haven't really been following the case; however, according to the Michigan Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS), the original offense that he was on probation for was two counts of "assault and battery of an FIA employee," not "assaulting a prison employee" as stated in the article; that happened 4 years after the initial offenses. What's the point in writing the article without researching the details?


Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 3:29 p.m.

Two to five years is not the max. Three years 3 months to 5 years is the max

Cindy Heflin

Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 3:06 p.m.

The headline has been changed to remove the incorrect reference to jail.


Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 11:58 a.m.

Very interesting, this Sovereign Citizens Movement. Turns out they don't want to pay taxes and they clog the court system with frivolous lawsuits. Normally this would bring outrage from certain political pundits but for some reason we hear more about ACORN and Bill Ayers than we do about this right wing group, whose numbers appear to be growing. Members of this &quot;group&quot; have killed police officers around the country, normally an act that would get one labeled a &quot;domestic terrorist&quot;. Does anybody know why we don't get fair and balanced coverage of these groups, especially with the latest outrage over large segments of our citizenry that are not paying income tax? <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 2:39 a.m.

Gotta love punks who think they are tough. How is that going for you Kyle? You are so tough that you are told when to eat, when to sleep, when to shower, when to do everything, BUT you believe you are too tough for prison. You are too weak to be anything but a sniveling coward who will spend the rest of your life in jail because you are a failure in the outside world.

Ron Granger

Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 1:32 p.m.

I think you might just be too tough for the comments section.

Ron Granger

Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 11:46 p.m.

Was he also &quot;too cool for school&quot;?


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 8:26 p.m.

That headline ( and the story) is almost ( but not quite) on a funniness par with the ONION's : &quot; ANTI GAY PASTOR SUSPICIOUSLY WELL INFORMED ABOUT GAYS&quot;


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 8:09 p.m.

Is &quot;dissension&quot; (sic) Mr. Richards' spelling, or's?


Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 2 a.m.

I don't understand the problem with &quot;dissension.&quot; It may be less commonly used than &quot;dissent&quot; in the context in which it was used by Mr. Richards, but it is a word and does not seem inappropriate to me. No [sic] is needed, unless I am missing something? <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 10:28 p.m.

Since there was no &quot;sic&quot; in the article, it is the journalist's gaffe, not this tea partier.


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 7:53 p.m.

I'm sorry for laughing, but this dude is not going to like the move that Swartz is moving him to. Wonder if this move will delete him from the movement he is a member of. I'm sure he can be placed where he can't assult anyone but himself.


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 5:18 p.m.

he's only doing these things to get attention...reminds me of an immature child


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 7:19 p.m.

Either/or would be appropriate here.


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 6:48 p.m.

Are you referring to nickcarraweigh or Richards?


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 4:16 p.m.

This young man has a real future ahead of him in the Tea Party


Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 6:30 p.m.

Funny, I thought he'd be at an Occupy rally.


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 6:46 p.m.

nickcarraweigh or Richards?


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 6:01 p.m.

Nick, how does this make him the future head of the Tea Party?


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 5:39 p.m.

I was thinking exactly the same thing Nickcarraweigh. I bet we'll see him out a rally when he gets released lol


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 4:51 p.m.

Why? Is he against being over-taxed?