Grant Perry Pleads, Likely Gets Charges Diverted

Submitted by Brian on June 28th, 2017 at 11:20 AM


[Patrick Barron]

Grant Perry didn't make it to his court date, pleading to assault and resisting arrest:

"We tried to cut in line and we got into an argument," Perry told Judge Joyce Draganchuk during Wednesday morning's hearing. "I proceeded to push her out of my way."

Perry, a junior wide receiver from Royal Oak, also said he "tried to wriggle away" from East Lansing police when they arrived on the scene.

The resisting arrest charge is technically a felony—which the LSJ rather misleadingly leads with—but the outcome of the case is going to be standard for a first time offense of this nature:

As part of the plea agreement, Assistant Ingham County Prosecutor Christina Johnson said she is not opposed to a sentencing under the Holmes Youthful Training Act.

If that happens, Perry's conviction could be set aside until as late as his 24th birthday. His record would then be wiped clean if he fulfills requirements imposed by Draganchuk.

He will get some probation that includes a no-alcohol clause and community service. Sexual assault charges and an alcohol charge were dropped.

Jim Harbaugh technically reinstated Perry before this happened; given the timing of the plea it seems clear this was in the works and merely needed some Ts crossed and Is dotted before being announced. Perry has already served a three game suspension because of this incident and given the outcome that's clearly enough. A similar resisting arrest/drunken dumb stuff event for Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is going to garner him The Dantonio: zero games.



June 28th, 2017 at 11:29 AM ^

Glad it got resolved, and the sexual assault part was dropped for (what I assume was) incidental contact. Still, had sort of wished Harbaugh had just refrain reinstating him until now. Just for the optics. But glad it's over.


June 28th, 2017 at 11:36 AM ^

I just hope that when Sparties bring this up, Michigan fans have the presence of mind to point out that Harbaugh booted Tuley-Tillman immediately once he found out about his transgressions. And that was a much bigger need than slot receiver at the time. Harbaugh's track record shows that he clearly gives thought to each case.


June 28th, 2017 at 1:57 PM ^

The girl's testimony was that Perry didn't just "push her out of the way," but instead that he pushed his chest into her's and she felt him grope her butt and crotch. Which led to the police to be called to sort out the details, and Perry eventually running/"resisting arrest."


June 28th, 2017 at 11:41 AM ^

That charge is frequently coupled with walking while black and occasionally when the body part of the defendant struck by the cop was hard enough to injure the cop's fist.


June 28th, 2017 at 4:46 PM ^

Ya give him twenty years for wriggling. This stuff is misdemeanor bullshit at best. I worked in crowded nightclubs for years and if everytime I bumped , brushed or tried to squeeze through a female Ingham county considers that sexual misconduct, shit I should be doing consecutive life sentences. Wriggling away and some bitch hurts himself he gets a felony, I am sorry but that is a fuckin joke. This case is a fuckin joke. Just do there probation shit and flip em off when done Grant. I am all for the victim when there is one. He should have either been put to the back of the line or told to push on and go somewhere else. A felony for assualt I am lost. I have assaulted several people over my life time but can't ever remember using the wriiggling technique. How fuckin sensitive has this country become. Oh ya let me hold up my stress card. Hoorah.

kevin holt

June 28th, 2017 at 5:00 PM ^

You have to admit fault to plead guilty. Not saying either of you is right or wrong; just saying the system is set up to make guilty pleas the overwhelmingly favorable option yet guilty pleas require admitting to something. If someone isn't guilty but they're offered a plea to essentially eliminate the charges, they lie and say they did it.


June 28th, 2017 at 2:00 PM ^

I have no idea what happened "in this case" apart from what Grant Perry said in order to get a plea deal that will allow him to have his record cleaned following a period of good behavior so that he will be able to do things you probably take for granted, like being able to vote.  If you were not there, you also have no idea what happened "in this case."  I would suggest you follow the Black Lives Matter movement or, perhaps, become involved in law enforcement from one side or another yourself.  Every single day, hundreds of young black men plead guilty to something they did not really do in order to get a plea deal that eliminates a huge downside risk.  That is something I saw as a federal law clerk, as the associate director of a special investigations division and as a practicing attorney who actually does research and tries to find out what actually happens in his cases.


June 28th, 2017 at 3:30 PM ^

Here is a lot more of a violent exchange that is by law, resistanting arrest and it happened to a white man. 

By all accounts (Media, Perry's statement, and ultimately his plea), the incounter involving Perry was along the same lines without the head smashing into the landscaping bricks, and it took the Police a little longer to catch up. 

The man is a college athlete in the middle of a night club scene with his own friends around. But a conspiracy about the cops roughing him up so he can plea down from underage drinking (all and all a lesser crime) and sexual assault charges? Which, why would be far more important to go after than resisting arrest. Plus there are witnesses. It happened in a line outside of a night club fergodsakes.

blue in dc

June 28th, 2017 at 6:24 PM ^

One only has to look at examples of death row convictions later overturned by DNA evidence to realize are crimminal justice system is far from perfect, however this charge isn't that serious amd it seems clear Gramt did in fact do something that brought him to the attention of the police. I highly doubt they just walked up to the line and grabbed him.

While I get that many college kids do stupid things, Perry put himself in a pretty bad position here. I suspect that in this case, being a dumbass, being underage and being a Michigan football player in a bitter rivals town were all more damning than the color of his skin.


June 28th, 2017 at 11:53 AM ^

If that's what he pled guilty to, how is that misleading?  He pled guilty to a felony.  Now, if he doesn't want to end up at the mercy of copy editors, stay out of trouble.


June 28th, 2017 at 11:57 AM ^

leading with PLED TO A FELONY implies jail time and a serious offense, when the offense is "ran away from cop" and the outcome of the case is going to be probation and diversion. All you have to see are the various idiots on twitter going "FELONY?!?! he gone" to see it. 


June 28th, 2017 at 1:28 PM ^

Those idiots are why news outlets choose catchy headlines when possible.  It's not about responsible journalism these days; it's about page hits.  You could have a daily diary about misleading headlines in the news each day.

And I guarantee that even without that headline, those same idiots would be droning on about the felony charge or something else.  Idiots are gonna idiot.

Fact is, he pled to a felony and that's the only story anyone outside the M-fanbase is concerned about.  I haven't even heard any faux outrage for whoever the girl in the story is. 


carolina blue

June 28th, 2017 at 12:02 PM ^

While it is factually and technically true, the only reason to lead with that FACT is to make the reader think, at least initially, that some massively egregious crime has been committed. Not all felonies are created equal is Brian's point.

Edit: seems the man himself pointed that out. N/m


June 28th, 2017 at 12:16 PM ^

My guess is Perry's done his time in the doghouse, but he's now "on notice", for lack of a better term.  Harbaugh hinted that Graham Glasgow was punished beyond mere suspension for violating his post-DUI probation.  Based on what we know, because this happened to GG, this means we can expect Grant Perry to be required to dress for and attend practice, and then stand on the sideline and watch his teammates rep for four hours straight.


June 28th, 2017 at 12:27 PM ^

If Grant Perry's learned his lesson, not just lip service but "we don't need a short leash on this guy because he's all growed up" learned, he's ready to go.  If this is just a way of dodging the consequence and he's still a jackass, sit him the whole damn season or kick him off the team.

The benchmark for punishing players should be their own maturation, not what some jackass does to coddle Baker effin' Mayfield.


June 28th, 2017 at 1:10 PM ^

He has already served a 3 game suspension for what happened. To punish him again would kind of be double jeopardy. As long as he lives up to his court punishment and keeps his nose clean I think he will be a big part of the team this season and no further punishment is warranted.



June 28th, 2017 at 1:36 PM ^

he has already sat out so many games for these charges. This court action is just concluding the incident. He pleads "guilty" to reduced charges - HYTA doesn't apply to true felonies - and after he completes probation and community service the criminal record is never entered into his record. Like the incident was totally expunged. He has been penalized enough for this incident given the court did not find his situation worthy of true criminal prosecution. HYTA doesn't automatically apply, the judge has to be convinced it was a youthful transgression and not a harmful criminal act.

It seems to me he should be back on the team immediately and play in all games, so long as he is on schedule to meet his community service hours and his probation officer is satisfied with his progress. Like with Glasgow's MIP incident, I believe he cut the same deal and returned to the team while on probation.

Wolverine 73

June 28th, 2017 at 12:43 PM ^

Stay the hell away from East Lansing if you are a Michigan football player. And by all means, don't go drinking in East Lansing. While the outcome is hardly surprising for a first offense, it sure took a long time to get to it.