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Video: Former State Trooper Gets 5-15 Years in Taser Death of Teen ATV Rider in Detroit


May 13, 2019, 1:32 PM


Ex-trooper Mark Bessner

Former Michigan State Police trooper Mark Bessner was sentenced Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court to five to 15 years in prison in the high-profile death of ATV rider Damon Grimes, 15, who he tased during a pursuit in the streets of Detroit in 2017.

Judge Margaret Van Houten also ordered he pay $8,000 in restitution.

Bessner had been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the Aug. 26, 2017 death. Bessner was pursuing Grimes by car and used a taser, prompting Grimes to crash into a pickup truck and die from blunt force trauma.

“I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose a child,” he said, turning back to look at the Grimes family which spoke on the deceased teens behalf moments earlier, according to WXYZ. “I understand their anger, the anger at me — but judge I hope this court will not be driven by anger.”


Read more:  WXYZ


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