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Indiana man convicted in attack on Michigan state trooper

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Friday, May 19, 2017 06:26 am

NILES, Mich. A 21-year-old Indiana man has been convicted in an attack on a Michigan State Police trooper.

WNDU-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2q0kDOt ) a jury in Berrien County, Michigan, returned the verdict Thursday for Michael Barber of Mishawaka. He faces sentencing in June for assault, attempting to disarm a police officer and other charges.

Defense lawyer Scott Sanford noted Barber wasn't convicted of attempted murder, calling that "a victory for us."

Police say Trooper Garry Guild was chasing a stolen motorcycle on Feb. 20 in Berrien County near the Indiana state line. Barber charged Guild after crashing the motorcycle. Police say his half brother 19-year-old Travis Wise, of Middlebury, Indiana, then pulled up and joined in attacking Guild.

Two motorists stopped the men, allowing the officer to arrest his attackers. Wise is awaiting trial.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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