Macy’s attack victim demands leniency for aggressor – WJRT

12August 2020

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – (8/12/2020) -The man implicated of battering a Macy's employee inside a mid-Michigan shopping center is pleading guilty to the charge versus him.

The assault was caught on video and seen across the nation.

18-year-old Damire Palmer shared his side of the story in court Wednesday. He offered statement as part of a plea agreement.

The Genesee County Prosecutor stated the Macy's store manager Palmer is accused of assaulting did not want to have to take the stand. David Leyton said the male is still handling the injury of the assault.

So, they decided on a plea agreement that does not reduce Palmer's charge till he completes his sentence.

Per the victim's demand, the agreement makes sure the 18-year-old will not have a felony record.

After pleading guilty to the 10-year felony against him, assault with intent to do terrific bodily less than murder, Palmer shared with the Judge what led up to the assault inside the Genesee Valley Mall on June 15, 2020.

“I asked him a concern about some clothing,” Palmer said. “I asked him about the coat type that I was about to get.”

Palmer said the guy addressed him, they laughed and after that his sibling informed him the shop manager called him the n-word. He admitted he has since learned his sibling lied to him.

“Why would your brother do that?” the assistant district attorney asked. “I would not know. I truthfully wouldn't,” Palmer responded.

The assistant district attorney informed Palmer he comprehends the anger that would sustain the attack. However, he stated, the shop manager has actually asked that the charge does not stick with Palmer forever.

“Basically, you beat this man so bad he was rather bloody right?” the assistant prosecutor asked. “Yes,” Palmer stated. “And did you understand that he has agreed that you should be dealt with as a youthful culprit although you beat on him like that?” the assistant prosecutor continued. “No, I did not understand that,” Palmer reacted.

Per the plea agreement, if the 18-year-old completes his sentence, the felony charge will be dropped from his record. Instead, it will be changed with a misdemeanor charge of worsened attack.

In a raw moment, the assistant district attorney explained the significance to Palmer.

“Do you comprehend what type of break that male gave you?” he asked. “Yes,” Palmer said.

Palmer's penalty is up to a circuit court judge. District attorney Leyton said he could be handed anything from probation to serving the 10-years in prison.

Palmer will learn his sentence September 1st.

“Nobody's looking to hang felonies on young men. I never ever have and I never ever will. This was a bad crime though, and he needs to deal with the consequences,” he stated.

Leyton included Palmer's older brother might still be charged. His Office will be evaluating Palmer's testament to help them make that determination.

Copyright 2020 WJRT. All rights reserved.Source: abc12.com

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