Original felony charges against former Michigan state senator Virgil Smith reinstated

Smith facing criminal charges after shooting incident involving ex-wife

The original felony charges against Smith have been reinstated.

DETROIT – Wayne County Circuit Judge Lawrence Talon on Tuesday granted a motion to set aside former state Sen. Virgil Smith's plea to malicious destruction of property and set a $1,000 personal bond while ordering he have no contact with the complainant.

Smith entered into a 2016 plea agreement after a shooting incident involving his ex-wife, Anistia Thomas. 

The original felony malicious destruction of property, assault and firearm charges, and a misdemeanor domestic violence count were reinstated. 

The final conference is scheduled for Dec. 14 and the jury trial will take place on March 4, both at 8:30 a.m. 


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