Adamiak to stand trial in April

ALPENA – A former Michigan State Police trooper who is accused of assaulting his family with a gun will go to trial in April instead of taking a plea deal.

William Edward Adamiak, 50, faces three counts of felonious assault, plus a felony firearm charge for a June 14, 2013, incident involving his wife and two sons. On Tuesday, Richard Convertino, his attorney, told 26th Circuit Court Judge Michael Mack he wishes to proceed to trial. Alpena County Prosecutor Ed Black said he’d given Adamiak the opportunity to plead guilty on two of the counts, and drop the remaining two, including the felony firearm charge.

Instead, Adamiak will go to trial in April, and Mack instructed Convertino to arrange a starting date for what is expected to be a three-day trial. Black told them the plea deal offer is now withdrawn.

If convicted, Michigan law states Adamiak could face four years in jail for each assault charge, plus two years for felony firearm.

Convertino spoke via telephone in court, and when reached later declined to comment beyond saying he and Adamiak are prepared to go to trial. Adamiak declined to comment, and Black also was unavailable for comment.

At the time of the off-duty incident, Adamiak was a Michigan State Police trooper with the Alpena post. He was suspended without pay after being charged, and retired in November, according to press releases from the post.

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