Son of Man in Detroit Attack Knocks Plea Deals

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The son of Steve Utash says his father is "crushed" by news that prosecutors gave plea deals to his five attackers. The prosecutor says Utash

Steven Utash, a 54-year-old grandfather and Detroit tree trimmer, was severely beaten by a mob after accidentally injuring a boy, officials say.

DETROIT (AP) -- The son of a man who was severely injured by a Detroit mob says his father is "crushed" by a decision to make plea deals with five attackers.

Joe Utash tells WDIV-TV (http://bit.ly/1lRHf9a) that family members are "pretty upset about it." Attempted murder charges were dropped this week in exchange for guilty pleas to assault.

Steve Utash was in a coma for days after being attacked while tending to a boy whom he accidentally struck with his pickup truck in Detroit.

Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for prosecutors, says her office talked to Steve Utash's brothers about the plea deals. She says there was no resistance from the two men.

Miller says the guilty pleas were an appropriate way to close the case and allow Utash to avoid testifying at trial.


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