Man gets probation in case tied to officer killing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Kalamazoo man who owned an assault rifle that was used to kill a police officer has been placed on probation for four years.

It's a break for Kim Statler, who faced up to two years in prison Thursday under federal guidelines. Grand Rapids federal Judge Robert Jonker also ordered him to perform 300 hours of community service.

Statler pleaded guilty in May to making 13 weapons accessible to his two ex-convict sons while he was in Florida.

Kalamazoo Officer Eric Zapata was fatally shot by Leonard Statler when police responded to shots being fired at Kim Statler's home in April 2011. Leonard Statler then killed himself.

A brother was sentenced last year to four years in federal prison for possessing guns that were used that day.

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