McFarlane sentenced for 2013 attack

Daniel Pepper, Interim Editor

An Allegan County judge said although the injuries Anthony Ray MacFarlane Jr. sustained serving in the U.S. Army might help explain his actions in a 2013 stabbing incident in Otsego, they did not excuse them. 

Judge Kevin Cronin sentenced McFarlane, 24, to serve 120 days in jail and three years on probation for the stabbing—a sentence he said would normally be longer.
“I’m not going to do that because I’m validating to some extent the claims documented here that you’re suffering from the traumatic brain injury and (post-traumatic stress disorder) suffered during your military service,” Cronin said. 
McFarlane’s honorable discharge from the military spoke well of him, the judge said. 
“It’s even more inexplicable, though, that you could make that sacrifice to defend the American people and then come back and be involved in something like this,” Cronin said. 

For full story, pick up a copy of the May 22 issue of The Allegan County News, the May 26 issue of The Union Enterprise or subscribe to the e-edition.

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