posted on December 04, 2013 15:31
The husband and wife involved in a confrontation with a police officer will serve time in jail.
Donald and Elaina Mead will each serve six months, Judge Robert Noonan ruled in County Court today.
The incident occurred in June of 2012 on Maple Avenue in LeRoy where Deputy Matthew Butler put son Michael under arrest. Things escalated from there where, according to court documents, Donald slammed the door on Butler several times causing minor injuries. Outside the house, the altercation continued when Elaina brought out a kitchen knife and held it to Butler’s chest.
Judge Noonan agreed that the two have extremely strong family ties based on the outpouring of support, but said they created a dangerous situation. Judge Noonan said an important family lesson is to let police officers do their jobs, though he did say he was "not naive enough" to think that officers were always correct.
The couple was also sentenced to five years probation.