Elderly man guilty of resisting arrest that left him hurt

Posted at 8:01 AM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 08:01:24-04

A jury has convicted an 84-year-old northern Michigan bar owner of resisting arrest during a traffic stop by Michigan State Police that left him injured.

Larry Sevenski stood as the jury returned its verdict Thursday, concluding a two-day trial.

The felony charge is punishable by up to two years in prison. A sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 24.

Troopers said that after they stopped Sevenski on March 17 for failing to signal a turn, he stepped out of his vehicle, approached their patrol car and raised a fist to 28-year-old Trooper Brock Artfitch. Artfich tackled Sevenski, leaving the man hospitalized with a broken arm and bloodied nose.

Sevenski claimed the troopers were staking out his bar, Larry's Seven-Ski Inn, to catch drunken drivers on St. Patrick's Day.