Man sent to jail for police officer assault.

January 25, 2021


Man sent to jail for police officer assault.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 29-year-old Hart man was sentenced in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Jan. 25, to one year in jail for a conviction of assaulting/resisting/obstructing police.

Brett Anthony Peoples, of 336 144th Ave., was sentenced to one year and four months to 15 years in prison April 11, 2016 for a previous conviction of assaulting police causing injury.

A Shelby officer was knocked unconscious outside of the Mercy Health Shelby hospital in 2016. As he was being escorted out of the patrol car, the handcuffed Peoples lunged at the Shelby officer and knocked him to the ground.

While Peoples was on parole in 2018, he was arrested again for assaulting police, said Judge Robert D. Springstead. He was then arrested again in 2020 for assaulting police. 

“He admitted that he lunged aggressively at the officers and was tazed,” said his attorney Timothy Hayes. 

“I’d like to apologize to the officers who were on duty that night, and I accept responsibilities for my actions,” said Peoples. 

“It seems like any time you have an encounter with the police, it’s going to go bad,” said Judge Springstead, who ordered two years probation.

“So why are you such an angry guy?” the judge asked.

“It’s kind of almost like a traumatic experience for me,” said Peoples. “It was quick and impulsive.”

He received credit for one two days served in jail. 

Sentencing guidelines in the case are two to 25 months.

Peoples appeared in court via Zoom video conferencing due to COVID-19.

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