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Posted on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Saline man accused in Burger King stabbing takes plea deal

By John Counts


Adam Luke-Michael Ayers

Courtesy of WCSO

A 33-year-old Saline man who police say stabbed a stranger in a Burger King parking lot after a fight about who was served first took a plea deal Thursday in the Washtenew County Trial Court.

Adam Luke-Michael Ayers pleaded no contest to assault with intent to do great bodily harm in exchange for the dismissal of assault with intent to murder and assault with a dangerous weapon charges at the time of sentencing.

It remains to be seen whether Ayers will see any prison time for the offense, however. The plea agreement calls for 10-23 months of incarceration, though Judge David Swartz said it would be in a "straddle cell," which allows judges to use their discretion to sentence offenders to prison, jail or probation.

The sentencing agreement calls for three months in jail, probation and restitution to the victim for medical bills in the ballpark of $20,000.

A 46-year-old Brooklyn man was not charged in the July 2012 incident, though police said Ayers also was stabbed in the altercation at a Pittsfield Township Burger King. Ayers was characterized as the main aggressor. The Brooklyn man was left in critical condition and hospitalized.


Investigators outside the Burger King where a stabbing occurred.

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"He's making a recovery, but it's a long road as the injuries were very severe," Pittsfield Township Deputy Chief Gordy Schick said about the Brooklyn man Friday.

The stabbing took place outside the Burger King at 6190 W. Michigan Ave. following an argument started when one of the men took offense to being served after the other man, police said.

A verbal argument inside the restaurant resulted in the two men going outside to settle their dispute. That's when Ayers stabbed the Brooklyn man several times before the Brooklyn man took the knife away from him and stabbed him several times, police said.

Swartz said Ayers' actions went beyond self-defense and caused "very serious injuries."

Ayers has been free on 10 percent of $1,000 bond since his November arraignment. His sentencing is scheduled for March 28.

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Tue, Feb 26, 2013 : 5:11 a.m.

It is called mutual combat, where no one is 100% right nor 100% wrong.


Tue, Feb 26, 2013 : 4:33 a.m.

Saline ounces was super-safe , small town fell.

John of Saline

Tue, Feb 26, 2013 : 5:52 p.m.

Yeah, but everything's metric now.


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 10:53 p.m.

A little piece of advice.....take a good long look at this guy Ayers' picture. Someday if you're standing in line, and you look behind and see this guy standing behind might just want to let him go to the head of the line......I'm just sayin'.

Morty Seinfeld

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 9:23 p.m.

I once got "shanked" in my "McNuggets" at McDonald's for requesting another container of sweet & sour sauce.

Ron Burgandy

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 7:44 p.m.

Clearly the Angry Whopper may have instigated the entire melee! Anger management classes for all parties involved....the two men and the sandwich!

C. Montgomery Burns

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 7:08 p.m.

As their old jingle used to say..."Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, cutting in line does upset us...."

John of Saline

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 5:09 p.m.

Stabbing that creepy "king" mascot Burger King use to have would be almost understandable. That goofy frozen smile.....

Jack Gladney

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 3:38 p.m.

This madness will only continue until we pressure our nation's leaders to do something about getting assault knives off of the streets. Lord help us.


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 4:42 p.m.

That's right! There is no need for military style assault knives. Take them away!!


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 3:14 p.m.

I've had my CPL for a year and half, but haven't started carrying daily til recently. Don't try and cut me......

Joseph Maino

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 3 p.m.

$100 dollars to get out of jail after stabbing a man?

Basic Bob

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 3:53 p.m.

And he came back! Bail is *not* punishment.


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 2:17 p.m.

What...only THREE MONTHS IN JAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know the system is broken when.... I see this as outrageous on so many levels!!!


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 12:37 p.m. Ayers was the initial aggressor....who then got his knife taken away from him...and was then chased into the woods and stabbed in return?


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 7:16 p.m.

Wow I sure hope your depiction of events is not accurate. If the "victim" disarmed the "aggressor" and the "aggressor" then ran away, the "victim" would then become the aggressor as the imminent threat had dissipated. Any stabbings after that would be and should be treated as a separate event with appropriate charges. You know that to be true because every one here would be calling for the victim's head if he chased the aggressor and injured him with a gun.


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 11:33 a.m.

You just never know now a days how a simple dispute can turn your entire life upside down. So sad--- so silly. I'm glad I wasn't in there with my daughter after a playdate @the park across the street!! People need to just STOP THE MADNESS

Red Barber

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 2:13 p.m.

sellers, In a historical context the number of violent incidents is down considerably. It is a misconception (shared by many) that we live in a more violent time. For an interesting read on the subject, check out Steven Pinker's new book: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 11:54 a.m.

I believe simple disputes have been violent for centuries. Watch and old west movie and you'll see that stereotype played out. I wonder if the difference now is the volume of people lends to more incidents, and of course the American society is becoming more mature (ala Rome, Ottoman, etc) and we are getting to the point where we want the peace keeping government to solve the problems. Sounds like a great thesis project.