Judge Releases Man Charged in Ann Arbor Transgender Hate Crime From Jail

By |2021-11-24T16:40:52-05:00November 24th, 2021|Michigan, News|

Five months ago, with assistance from Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP), Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit charged James Alan Greggs with committing a hate crime against a transgender woman in Ann Arbor. 

Now, Greggs, 59, is freed from the Washtenaw County Jail while his criminal case develops. According to an MLive report, the Washtenaw County Jail granted James Alan Greggs a personal recognizance bond Tuesday, Nov. 23.

The report further explained that his attorney, Saundra White, filed a bond motion with the court, which 14A District Court Judge Cedric Simpson approved — a motion the prosecution did not counter. 

Allegedly, on June 8 Greggs lashed out and cut the victim with a box cutter, hit her in the face, grabbed her breasts and strangled her, while degrading her for being transgender, according to FMJP in a statement.

On June 15, Greggs was arraigned with one felony count of assault with a dangerous weapon, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and ethnic intimidation following an Ann Arbor Police investigation. 

Greggs had been in jail since his June arrest. On Dec. 16, he is scheduled for a probable cause conference hearing. If convicted of the alleged crimes, he faces up to 15 years in prison. 

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Jackie Jones, a Detroit native, is the News and Features Editor at Pride Source Media Group and focuses on all things media and writing. Her work has appeared throughout Michigan in DBusiness and BLAC Magazine.