Police Officer Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A KCK Police officer will spend 30 days in jail for firing a gun into someone’s car. Michael Mills agreed to resign from the force but the victims involved feel Mills’ punishment wasn’t too severe.
Mills will also have to serve 18 months probation after pleading down to three misdemeanors in the case. He originally faced two felonies, assault and discharging a weapon into an occupied car.
On Christmas morning 2011, Eric Sherrod was leaving his brother’s house with his nephew near 112th Terrace. He says Mills who lived across the street came running at him. Mills was only wearing his underwear and screaming profanities when he fired a gun twice. One bullet nearly hit his nephew.
Now, the pair says the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
“I don’t think justice was served at all, because he gets 30 days, and he just turns himself in on the weekends, still goes along with his day, but we still have to turn around and deal with being shot at,” said Eric Sherrod.
At the time, Officer Mills told Sherrod he fired the gun because he thought Sherrod and his nephew were breaking into his car. Sherrod says the story makes no sense and he wishes prosecutors had taken the original felonies to a jury.
Prosecutors point out Mills had to give up his career in law enforcement and that three misdemeanors equal a felony. That means if Mills gets into trouble with the law again, he will be treated as if he has a felony record.