The 77-year-old mother of a man who punched and knocked her to the ground and jumped on and damaged cars in a motel parking lot last fall said in court Wednesday that she didn’t think her son should spend more time in jail.
Instead, she and instead needed to get some help to overcome struggles with drug addiction, the Macomb Daily reports.
Substance-abuse treatment was a condition of 18 months probation in a sentence handed down by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Edward Servitto against Thomas Gulas, 36, of Eastpointe.
Servitto’s sentence came after Gulas pled no contest to a low-level felony charge of aggravated domestic assault, and two misdemeanor charges of malicious destruction or property between $200 and $1,000. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped an assault with intent to do great bodily harm charge.
Gulas, who had already served 200 days in jail, could have spent up to 11 months in jail on the charges. The judge sentenced him to 330 days in jail, with the 130 remaining days to be served in in-patient treatment, and approved to a request from the prosecutor that Gulas be evaluated for possible mood disorders.