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11/9/2012 6:00:00 AM
Judge not pleased with plea deal for crime with a firearm
Michelle Avery
Michelle Avery

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A Mohave Superior Court Judge expressed his displeasure with a plea agreement that let a woman plea to reduced charge of trespassing for an offense involving a gun.

Judge Rick Williams said the plea agreement "feels really unsatisfactory as far as resolutions go," but sentenced 33-year-old Michelle Lynn Avery to two years probation as stipulated under the deal.

Avery was arrested in March after firing two shots during an argument with her boyfriend at his home in the 4000 block of Canyon Hills Road.

No one was injured and Avery left before police arrived.

Avery faced weapons charges but pleaded guilty to an undesignated offense of criminal trespassing, in part because the boyfriend did not cooperate in the case after he and Avery reconciled following the incident.

Williams cautioned Avery that despite her perceived lenient sentence, she needed to comply with the terms of her probation, including mandatory counseling.

"Otherwise you will be back in this court facing a felony conviction and possibly up to two years in prison," he said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: Just Unjust

There are a million scenarios as to why these things don't quite add up. However, the possiblility that the charges were trumped up out of porportion is not a possible conclusion? How about the fact that the evidence isn't there to substantiate the charges that were to begin with? Come on people have we ever heard of the police lying? Why is it that the the time that people stop believing these one-sided stories that are only given by the police? Where are the questions that are and should be asked by the defendants? We have not only a one-sided judicial system but a one-sided reporting system as well? Come on now people do you really think that this story would be that boring with both sides that we don't interview both? I think that it is time for a new reporter/reporting system. I'd like to hear the rest of the story. This all has too many holes in it and left unanswered for me to decide. I am wondering if the judge got both sides of the story or if the judge got one side pushed up as well??? Do you trust the judicial system to treat you fairly? Why would you assume that it's being fair in this case now?

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: Tj Denton

Yes fox hound, this is clearly a race issue. Ive said it before and here it is again. Liberals are the only reason anyone has race on their mind because they cant let it go.

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Either the probation works and she changes her behavior or we will see her next in news for murder when instead of shooting at she hits her next victim she decides to be angry with! Its not the courts which need changing there are plenty of laws on the books to charge law breakers with, its the mentality that a gun on the hip is cute, popular, had this woman not had such easy access to her gun she might have calmed down between going to get it and doing this stupid act! I usually laugh at folks with guns on their hips the men likely lack something in their trousers and use the gun on hip to compensate and the ladies might be suffering from envy of what men have in their trousers a less clean comment on the later exists but will try to keep it clean!

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012
Article comment by: Nice Work

Nice work Fox Hound, way to make it about race. Disregard the fact that every state bolstered their drug laws two decades ago secondary to the "war on drugs." Nevermind the fact that those people in prison for drug offenses actually committed those offenses, even the white convicts. I agree that this is a joke, but don't make it about race. Every black, white, Asian, etc. is imprisoned for whatever crime they committed.

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012
Article comment by: Golden Liberty

If the judge wasn't happy with the plea agreement, why did he go through with it? He has the control to accept or reject or modify the plea. I realize that there are certain sentencing guidelines he has to follow but come on, if you're not happy with it, change it.

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012
Article comment by: Do Your Jobs You Lazy Prosecutors And Judges

Judge Rick Williams isn't happy with a lenient plea deal? Really? HA! Lets forget about how ironic that is for a moment and let me ask, isn't a presiding judge supposed to be in on plea deal negotiations? So either he was asleep at the wheel or he was in on the plea deal and is feigning displeasure to make it appear to the public that he had no hand in this. Bull!

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012
Article comment by: Johnny Thomas

This is exactly what is wrong with this town and county. How does a weapons charge ever get reduced to tresspassing..........This is a joke........

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

There are 750 thousand people arrested and sent to jail every year for using Hemp. Our jails are full of them. 80 percent of them are people of color. Yet this young women who decided to shoot at her boy friends house gets two years probabtion. What's up with that. Oh yeah she's white never mind.

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