State Sen. Virgil Smith accepts plea deal, will resign, spend 10 mos. in jail

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Sen. Virgil Smith will be headed to jail after striking a plea deal with the prosecution Thursday.

The deal pleads guilty as charged to malicious destruction of personal property. That charge carries a 10-year felony sentence, but as part of the deal Smith would serve 10 months in a Wayne County Jail and be on probation for five years. He would also resign his position as state senator. 

As part of the deal, his charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, weapons felony firearm and domestic violence will be dropped. In court it was discovered that the victim in the case, his ex-wife, felt comfortable with the deal. 

Smith's defense attorney said that he suffered from bipolar disease, was hypermanic, suffered a closed head injury recently in a car accident and battled alcohol dependency. 
 
He would also be required to undergo drug and alcohol treatment with monthly documentation and surrender the weapon that was used in the incident.

Smith had been charged in a non-fatal shooting incident involving is ex-wife on Wexford Street in Detroit where he shot her Mercedes more than 20 times with a gun. 

He is expected back in court on March 14. 

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