Indiana man sentenced in attack on Michigan state trooper

Michael Barber

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A 21-year-old Indiana man convicted in an attack on a Michigan State Police trooper is expected to be behind bars for at least 14 years.

Michael Barber of Mishawaka was sentenced Wednesday in Berrien County, Michigan. He said in a letter to the trooper that he didn’t intend to hurt him. A jury last month convicted him of assault, attempting to disarm a police officer and other charges.

Police say Trooper Garry Guild was chasing a stolen motorcycle Feb. 20 in Berrien County near the Indiana state line. Barber charged Guild after crashing the motorcycle. Police say his half brother 19-year-old Travis Wise, of Middlebury, Indiana, then pulled up and joined in attacking Guild.

Two motorists stopped the men, allowing the officer to arrest his attackers. Wise is awaiting trial.

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1 Comment

  • steve

    This freak is “expected” to be behind bars for at least 14 years, and we’re going to spend a lot of taxpayers’ money to keep him alive? There’s a better, more cost effective way. Too bad that we don’t have it for some people.