Man who attacked police officer pleads guilty to felony

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

A man who attacked a Cape Girardeau police officer and attempted to grab his gun last August pleaded guilty Monday to a single felony charge.

Michael J. McLeary, 53, of 606 S. Silver Springs Road, No. 29, waived a sentencing investigation and was put on probation for five years by Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis, said Angel Woodruff, chief deputy prosecuting attorney for Cape Girardeau County. Lewis also imposed a seven-year suspended prison sentence -- the maximum under the law -- as part of the plea agreement on a charge of assault on a law enforcement officer.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped a charge of assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor property damage. McLeary was scheduled to go to trial on the charges Tuesday and could have faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted at trial.

A police officer responded to the Silver Springs Road mobile home park where McLeary resides on the afternoon of Aug. 13 and saw McLeary walking naked. McLeary attempted to grab the officer and pull him from his car and pushed the officer into the side of the vehicle, according to a sworn statement filed with the original charges.

McLeary charged the officer repeatedly, the two wrestled to the ground where McLeary attempted to take the officer's gun away, the statement said. McLeary had to be Tasered twice before being subdued.

Part of McLeary's probation will require him to remain clean of drugs, Woodruff said. "He has chemical abuse issues, and he is trying to deal with those issues," she said.

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