Man accepts jail time plea deal in Detroit officer shooting

- A man accused of shooting two Detroit officers outside his home accepted a plea deal Monday for prison time and probation.

Juwan Plummer, now 20, accepted a plea deal for 90 days in jail and two years probation as supporters gathered outside the courthouse protesting the charges. Had Plummer not accepted the plea bargain, then he would have headed to trial on Wednesday.

He was 19 when he was charged with two counts each of the following: intentional discharge of a firearm in a building causing serious injury (20 years), intentional discharge of a firearm in a building causing injury (15 years) and felonious assault (4 years). He has also been charged with four counts of felony firearm.

On April 16, Plummer claims he was defending himself with a shotgun, and didn't know he was shooting at officers when he fired through a window of his home. One of the officers was seriously hurt.

"I think when one looks at all the facts and circumstances objectively in this case, that this is a just and reasonable outcome," the judge said during Monday's proceeding.

During Friday's proceedings, then teen's claim of self-defense was denied, and during today's hearing, a judge wanted Plummer to "disavow" the claim for the record.

"Since there has been a lot of discussion about self-defense in pretrial motions, I think the defendant needs to be asked if he is in effect disavowing his self-defense claim because if he acted in self defense, then there's no crime, so he has to say that he did not act in self-defense - in lawful self-defense," the judge said.

"Mr. Plummer, did you recklessly discharge a firearm in that home on that day causing those injuries without knowing who was on the other side of the window?" the defense attorney asked.

Plummer replied yes, and the judge felt that sufficed.

The formal sentencing is scheduled for August 30.


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