A controversial case that made headlines statewide came to a close yesterday when Larry Sevenski avoided jail time after his conviction for assaulting a police officer.
The 84 year old bar owner in Antrim County confronted State Police on St. Patrick's Day earlier this year after customers said the police were monitoring people who left the bar.
Sevenski confronted the officer during a traffic stop, and an altercation ensued.
Prosecutors say Sevenski attacked a State Police trooper, but the dash camera malfunctioned, destroying the record of the incident. Sevenski was hospitalized for injuries.
According to the Petoskey News Review:
"Sevenski was sentenced Thursday to pay a $250 fine and $1,500 in additional court costs, according to James Rossiter, Antrim County prosecutor...
Sevenski was accused of exiting his car during a traffic stop, charging toward Michigan State Trooper Brock Artfitch, and cocking his fist while Artfitch tried to hold him back during an altercation the night of St. Patrick's Day.
The troopers had pulled him over that night because he had allegedly made an illegal turn from Thumm Road to U.S. 131, before making an illegal U-turn.
According to his testimony, Sevenski had been trying to locate an officer that night because he had received word that a trooper was camping outside of his bar, Larry’s Seven Ski Inn, 2931 U.S. 131, in Elmira."