Man accused in June shooting in downtown Ann Arbor to serve between 9 and 22 years in prison
One of the men accused of being involved in a downtown Ann Arbor shooting in June pleaded in his case Thursday, while his co-defendant declined the same plea offer.
Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped one count each of assault with intent to rob while armed, assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder.
Bradley and his attorney, Steve Tramontin, reached a sentencing agreement with Swartz and Washtenaw County Assistant Prosecutor Brenda Taylor to a sentence of between seven and 20 years in prison for the assault with intent to rob while armed charge. The felony firearms charge carries a mandatory penalty of two years in prison to be served before the assault with intent to rob while armed and assault with a dangerous weapon charge.
The maximum penalty for assault with a dangerous weapon is four years in prison. Bradley’s sentence for that charge will be served concurrent to the assault with intent to rob while armed charge, according to the deal.
The same deal was offered to Bradley’s co-defendant Christopher Blaylock, who decided to decline, according to his attorney Erika Julien. Instead, Blaylock will continue to fight the charges and is scheduled to return to court at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 for a pretrial hearing.
Blaylock has been charged with two counts of assault with intent to rob while armed, armed robbery and a felony firearms charge.
According to police, Bradley was the shooter on the night of June 29 in the 400 block of Thompson Street. Bradley and Blaylock were going to buy marijuana from a 42-year-old Ypsilanti man and attempted to rob him in a parking lot, police said.
Bradley allegedly fired two shots from a shotgun, hitting the man in the left leg, police said.
In court on Thursday, Bradley admitted to pointing the shotgun at the victim. However, he did not admit to firing the weapon due to the plea of no contest, which was accepted due to potential civil liability.
Swartz will formally sentence Bradley at 1:30 p.m. March 1.
Both Bradley and Blaylock are currently in custody.
Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at email@example.com or you can follow him on Twitter.
Sun, Feb 12, 2012 : 2:45 p.m.
What does this mean: "he did not admit to firing the weapon due to the plea of no contest, which was accepted due to potential civil liability."?
Mon, Feb 13, 2012 : 5:28 p.m.
Bill - In very brief terms, he didn't admit to shooting the weapon because if he did, the victim could sue him.
Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 2:38 p.m.
And the point of this plea deal is?? When will perps start service time for the actual crimes they committed???
Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 3:27 a.m.
More contributing members of society. Put them away for a long long time. Where is the photo of Christopher Blaylock?
Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 7:30 p.m.
Doesn't matter to me where Bradly lives, or where he is from. He pleaded guilty and will serve time for the crime he committed.
Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 2:29 p.m.
The guy must not be from Ypsi otherwise the headline would have been " Ypsilanti man accused "