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Posted on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 : 7:11 p.m.

Saline man who claimed he was beaten by MSU hockey team charged with filing false report

By John Counts


Brandon Carmack

Courtesy of Barb Carmack

The Michigan State University student who claimed he was beaten up by members of the school's hockey team has been charged with lying to police, as well as four misdemeanors.

Brandon Carmack, 20, of Saline, was arraigned Wednesday in East Lansing on two counts of assault and battery, domestic assault and battery, filing a false police report of a felony and stalking, reported.

Carmack's mother, Barb, sent an email to saying that her son had been beaten, stabbed in the head and arm and left with a broken nose and broken ribs during the first week of school in August.

The alleged incident occurred outside of a home on Beal Street in East Lansing. Carmack's parents told various media outlets that players on the MSU hockey team were behind the beating.

The East Lansing judge set Carmack's bond at $10,000 personal recognizance. Carmack is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Sept. 25 and preliminary examination on Sept. 28.

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Left Ann Arbor Long Ago

Mon, Sep 24, 2012 : 3:07 a.m.

Interesting that the witnesses and Carmack's attackers were one in the same. #thinkaboutit

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Sep 21, 2012 : 1:11 a.m.

I've been cut here so many times when I allegedly leave out allegedly in one line of a post. I'm surprised, too. Maybe the monitors are too busy with the sports stories and comments on mlive. I don't know, personally, since I quit that part of our fun here. Anyhow, even a Stater is innocent until proven guilty.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 6:16 p.m.

The moderators must be asleep to allow these comments assuming this young man is guilty of assaulting his girlfriend. As far as I can read, he hasn't been convicted of any such crime. Or maybe some assumptions of guilt are more politically correct than others?

music to my ear

Fri, Sep 21, 2012 : 2:01 a.m.

thank you very much BB

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Sep 21, 2012 : 1:07 a.m.

Classy response, music. Your are pretty decent.

music to my ear

Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 7:17 p.m.

dear Mike, you are correct .we all assume before the facts are in. he was arraigned and the girl took out a ppo .for all we know .the girl may have struck him first maybe he was defending himself, whatever we dont know I apologize to the Carmack family for my previous comments until guilt is proven. and we all should be more mindful before voiceing our opinions. if it were our loved ones would we be so soon to judge.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 6:13 p.m.

What I find more disturbing than the incident itself is the obvious glee with which the Commenters have waded into it.

John Counts

Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 5:45 p.m.

@CincoDeMayo Juvenile court proceedings are closed to the pubic and the records are sealed. Therefore, media outlets, which all have their own standards and practices, generally don't have access to them. In this case, it sounds like the WILX report you are referencing came from the actual court proceedings. What comes up in open court is always fair game, though most media outlets will choose to take extreme caution with printing the names of juvenile suspects and victims. In this case, it was an adult with a juvenile record and the TV station made the choice to include the information. It was their judgement call. I hope this helps in some way.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 9:04 p.m.

It does. Thanks for taking the time to answer. It's interesting. Are attorneys not cautious about bringing up juvenile records? Can the prosecution put someone's juvenile record "into play" by bringing it up in open court? Something seems wrong with that.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 4:47 p.m.

Just curious - is the media allowed to publicize juvenile convictions (as WILX.Com has done)?


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 2:37 p.m.

Sounds like some code-encrypted, double-secret, one-time pad-enabled latter day version of Dungeons & Dragons still flourishes out East Lansing way.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 12:45 p.m.

Sometimes kids will embarrass you, when you trust them. Mine anyway. I have learned to always regard their stories with skepticism - which isn't always a good thing. I can understand the mom's concern after seeing what Brandon looked like after the beating. I feel bad that he put her in this situation. And like a previous commenter noted, I hope he gets the help he needs to appropriately deal with his issues.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 12:30 p.m.

"Carmack's mother, Barb, sent an email to saying that her son had been beaten, stabbed in the head and arm and left with a broken nose and broken ribs during the first week of school in August. " I hope she was duped by her son. I hope she didn't know the whole story when she first contacted Ann


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 2:10 p.m.

When my kids are in the wrong, I generally leave them hanging, (which they just love me for...) I would never protect them in the way the commenter is suggesting here, by supporting a story that I knew to be false. Because I think them learning from their consequences WILL protect them later on in life. The thing of it is is that sometimes they do need protecting - not when they are in the wrong obviously - but when they are actually being hurt. And it definitely looked like Brandon was hurt. I think it is a parent's instinct to believe their children. But, since it is often a child's instinct to lie in order to save their own hide, a healthy dose of skepticism is good for parents. I hear a lot of parents say that their kid would never X, Y, or Z (because they didn't raise them that way), but really the opportunity exists for all kids to make all kinds of bad decisions no matter how well or badly they were raised. So, I feel for all parents who have these struggles with their kids, including the Carmacks and wish them the best in getting all the help that they need.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 12:59 p.m.

I was thinking the same thing. Nauseating.

music to my ear

Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 12:49 p.m.

mom maybe knew .moms have a way of protecting or trying to protect their offsprings.

music to my ear

Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 12:04 p.m.

hopefully her face is not as bad as his ,I hope she seen the picture we see and that picture is worth a thousands words at which. I hope she will tell herself I will never let any man hit me again. honey. pick up the nearest lamp and clock em over the dare he lie to cover his ass and gain sympanty .to carmack go get help if you ever want a girl to truely love you.

Left Ann Arbor Long Ago

Mon, Sep 24, 2012 : 3:01 a.m.

You should probably put your later retraction here as well. You have no idea about this situation so use caution with your inflammatory words.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 3:47 a.m.

This made no sense from the beginning. Masked attackers don't show up randomly, shouting anti Jewish slogans from WWII!! ..then of course his publicist, mom, has to call the paper and make sure the hate crime is thrown in. Hopefully he's get some jail time.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 4:55 a.m.

You're confusing two different stories

Kitty O'Brien

Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 2:19 a.m.

He should probably transfer.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 2:15 a.m.

From what I have read on this story, it seems Mr Carmack was dumped and was beating his ex-gf. SHe had friends who were athletes, who showed him what it was like to be on the other side of being a beating victim.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 1:23 a.m.

I found another report from a Lansing area station - located here: It appears he may be deflecting - and he is indeed in some trouble. I hope he and his family do get the help and support as do the victims.

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 12:45 a.m.

so what's the real story? did his face get in a fight with the floor? i think the floor won.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 1:18 a.m.

Yes - I too read the mlive version and i didn't come away and more clear of what happened. Is he the supposed perp who went after Zach? Is this all some kind of student research on what society does when this happens? Time hopefully will tell


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 12:57 a.m.

I'm also wondering what the real story is! So bizzare.

Bob Hourse

Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 12:39 a.m.

Zachary Tennen seemed to also have made up his hate crime allegations, according to the Michigan ADL and Ingham County prosecutor. Strange to see no comments on this article after seeing such beautiful comments towards East Lansing on the original article.....