Army vet gets 12 years in prison for fight with Livingston Co. deputy

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — An Army combat veteran has been sentenced to at least 12 years in prison for fighting with a Michigan sheriff’s deputy and other crimes in a wild incident last fall.

Albert Smith of Flint says he has a mental illness but feels that people want to lock him up instead of offering help.

The 36-year-old Smith rammed other vehicles on U.S. 23 and fled when police tried to stop him. Investigators say he crashed his van, fought with Deputy Mike Mueller and tried to steal the patrol car.

Smith says his “mindset shifted from here to Iraq,” where he served with the Army. Defense lawyer Mark Scharrer says Smith suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

He will be eligible for parole after 12 years. The Livingston Daily Press & Argus says Smith’s maximum prison sentence is 25 years. Mueller now is a state lawmaker.


Information from: Livingston Daily Press & Argus,

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  • Rj

    Don’t take responsibility for your actions just blame it on something else, you choose to ram vehicles and fight with law enforcement officers and try to evade. 12yrs is overboard though because people kill people and don’t serve that much time. If this man has mental health problems how did he get into the military ?

  • Dan

    I’m not saying he shouldn’t be given some consideration for his service and PTSD, if that’s the case – but I think this article leaves a lot out, not only about the details, but his acceptance of responsibility at trial. Here’s a news article that actually presents the facts: .

    He was charged with Carjacking (an offense with a possible penalty of life), Resisting/Obstructing Causing Injury (4 year max), Resisting and Obstructing (2 year max), and Attempted Disarming of a Police Officer (5 year max). He wasn’t given 12 years for a “fight”.

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