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Protestors arrested at MSU hate group event charged

By |2007-05-10T09:00:00-04:00May 10th, 2007|News|

Capitol Correspondent

LANSING – The Ingham County prosecutor has issued a felony warrant for the arrest of Jose Villigrans, says Ingham County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Linda Maloney.
Villigrans was arrested April 19 at a speech by Chris Simcox, founder of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps. Villigrans has been charged with one felony count of resisting and obstructing a police officer. If convicted he faces up to two years in prison and or up to $2000 in fines. He was also charged with a misdemeanor, disrupting an educational event, and could face up to 90 days in jail for that charge.
He was arraigned Friday on the charges in Ingham County’s Circuit Court. He was released on a PR bond, says Maloney.
Terry Olson, of the Lansing firm Olson and Foldie, represents Villigrans. He says they will mount a “vigorous defense.”
“Jose wants to stand up and fight these charges and speak the truth,” Olson says. “I have reviewed the tapes and this was less than resisting and obstructing a police officer. This is an over reaction by the police.”
A meeting with the prosecutor’s office is scheduled for next week.
Maloney says she cannot comment on the status of Raul Perez, the other individual arrested during the April 19 event. MSU Police have said they would seek a felony warrant for Perez as well.

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