Judge Asked To Reconsider Mob Beating Sentences
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Prosecutors are returning to court to ask a judge to reconsider the sentences for two men who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist in April.
Judge James Callahan will hear arguments Friday in Wayne County court.
Utash, a tree trimmer from Macomb County, was in a coma for days after being beaten in Detroit in April. He was driving home from work through a Detroit neighborhood when he got out of his truck to check on a 10-year-old boy who police say darted out in front of his vehicle.
Witnesses said Utash was punched and kicked in the head by a crowd of up to 12 people, including some teenagers.
Utash still is recovering.
Five people pleaded guilty to assault. Attempted murder charges were dropped.
Co-defendant, 30-year-old Wonzey Saffold was sentenced to more than six years in prison, while another — 18-year-old Bruce Wimbush — was placed on probation. Saffold got a harsher sentence because of his criminal record.
An ethnic intimidation charge against the youngest defendant, a 17-year-old, was dropped in return for his plea. He’s being held in a juvenile rehabilitation facility until at least September.
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