GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – An Ionia County man who pleaded no contest to shooting an 84-year-old woman who brought political literature to his home, fought with his wife, and refused to leave has been sentenced to community service.
Seventy-five-year-old Richard Harvey must complete 100 hours of community service. In addition, he received a suspended jail sentence of two months and a delayed sentence of one year on probation. He must pay $347.19 in restitution and cannot have any contact with his victim, Joan Jacobson.
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Harvey shot Jacobson on Sept. 20 at his Odessa Township home. Jacobson told investigators she asked Harvey’s wife to vote against Proposal 3, a then-proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to abortion in the state. The argument escalated and Harvey said he heard it and came out of his barn with his gun. He said the shooting was accidental.
Jacobson was treated at a hospital for a shoulder wound.
Voters approved Proposal 3 in November.
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