Emmet County man sentenced on federal charges of assaulting an officer
EMMET COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Harbor Springs man was sentenced in federal court for assaulting a tribal police officer.
Aaron Vorac, 38, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for assaulting Officer George Closser.
The assault happened on Jan 15, 2017, at the Odawa Casino in Petoskey.
Casino staff reported that Vorac and his wife, Carla Weiskopf, were disruptive and seemed drunk, according to the Department of Justice.
After the couple was repeatedly asked to leave the staff asked for help from the Little Traverse Bay Band Police Department.
Officer Closser said Vorac wouldn't listen to instructions.
Closser wrestled him to the ground and Vorac repeatedly punched the officer in the groin and stabbed him in the eyes with a pen, the DOJ said.
Weiskopf intervened on Vorac's behalf at one point.
Petoskey City Police Department and the Emmet County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.
Closser was reported to have multiple gashes to his head and face.
Vorac was charged with forcibly assaulting a law enforcement officer causing bodily harm and pleaded guilty.
Weiskopf took a plea deal and was sentenced to six months in jail, 60 days on a tether and 18 months probation.
Vorac was also given three years of supervised released following his prison sentence.