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Mon May 13, 2019, 01:17 PM

Ex-Michigan State Trooper Gets 5-15 Years In Prison for Teens Taser Crash Death

Former Michigan State Police trooper Mark Bessner was sentenced Monday to 5-15 years in prison for causing the death of teenage ATV rider Damon Grimes by Tasing him during a pursuit.

Bessner apologized to the family of the 15-year-old, saying, "I'm truly sorry."

"It was a tragedy (Damon Grimes) died that day," said Bessner. "It is a tragedy that he will never graduate from high school. I think about it every day. If there was a time machine I could jump into and change it, I would."


Former Michigan State Police trooper Mark Bessner was sentenced Monday to 5-15 years in prison for causing the death of 15-year-old ATV rider Damon Grimes on Aug. 26, 2017. (Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News)

But Wayne County Circuit Judge Margaret Van Houten, who exceeded the sentencing guidelines of 19-38 months, slammed Bessner, saying he "abused the public trust" and that his actions contributed to the community's distrust of police.

Van Houten scolded Bessner, telling him the person fleeing that day was a youth and not a grownup.

"(Bessner) is a grown man who should have considered his actions that day," the judge said, noting that Bessner had received specialized training and possesses a law degree. "He was warned by superiors to be more careful with his Taser use."

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https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/05/13/ex-state-trooper-sentenced-prison-atv-death-detroit/1154852001/

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RCW2014 May 13 OP
Muddling Through May 13 #1
rahtruelies May 13 #2
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quad489 May 13 #4
FreeWheelBurning May 13 #5

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 01:40 PM

1. The officer's reported actions violated the basic rules of Taser use

in all the training I've ever received.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 02:03 PM

2. a very excessive sentence

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Response to rahtruelies (Reply #2)

Mon May 13, 2019, 02:19 PM

3. I can't agree.

The officer made a poor decision that resulted in the death of a person that showed no imminent threat to the lives or safety of others.

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Response to rahtruelies (Reply #2)

Mon May 13, 2019, 02:50 PM

4. Really? If that officer tasered your kid to death what sentence would you want him to serve??

''a very excessive sentence''

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Response to rahtruelies (Reply #2)

Mon May 13, 2019, 02:58 PM

5. I have to disagree

He killed a kid for riding an ATV. The kid was not a threat to the officer or any other person.

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