Cop attacker sentenced

The far-reaching consequences of a local teen’s assault on a Grand Haven police officer were revealed when he was sentenced this week to between 19 months and 15 years in prison.
Becky Vargo
Jan 18, 2013

 

Alexander Snively assaulted Grand Haven police Officer Joe Schulte with a wine bottle in September 2012.

Schulte suffered serious injuries from the blows. Although he has returned to work on light duty, he is still recuperating from his injuries.

Snively, 18, was given credit for 106 days already served in jail. He was also ordered to pay $266 in fines and costs.

Snively pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with attempt to do great bodily harm less than murder when he was arraigned in Ottawa County Circuit Court on Dec. 3. He also pleaded no contest to a charge of resisting/obstructing/assaulting a police officer resulting in serious impairment.

At the time of the assault, Snively was under the influence of drugs and did not remember what happened, said his attorney, Joe Legatz.

Schulte responded to a noise complaint in the early morning of Sept. 29 at an upstairs apartment in the 700 block of Clinton St. When Schulte entered the apartment, Snively struck him on the head with a wine bottle.

Schulte, who spoke prior to the sentencing, told Ottawa County Circuit Judge Ed Post: “I suffered a fractured skull with a significant concussion in the first moments of the assault. More than three months later, I am still being treated for my injuries.”

Schulte said one of the most difficult aspects of his injuries is the effect they have had on his three young children.

“My oldest son broke down in tears when he saw me on the day of the incident," the officer said. "And, for some time, insisted he was to blame for it, because he had made too much noise while I was sleeping before work that night."

Schulte said what concerns him the most about the incident is that Snively does not remember what happened.

“I think it is very important Mr. Snively understands this incident could have easily have been fatal for either one of us,” Schulte said.

Schulte said he believes Snively would have beaten him to death if he was not physically stopped.

To read more about the struggle between teen and officer - including a potential stabbing and Snively's comments - in today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

Comments

PeopleAreAmazing

....and where did you get your facts regarding the consumption of alcohol by ANY of the 5 girls? Don't make up facts.......there was alcohol in the car, but none had been consumed. Careful.

Eyeswideopen

Excuse me for not getting my facts straight. You seem to know a lot about this case. Hmmm...Think about it!!! Was the alcohol just for looks??? When were they going to drink it??? I know when!!! During the game??? After the game??? And guess what!!!-----BINGO!! They had to drive home!!! Guess it was a blessing in disguise they got into the accident BEFORE they got to Lansing.
Think before you speak darling and use some common sense.

PeopleAreAmazing

Hey - no problem. I'm getting used to your inaccuracies. I really don't know much about the case, but I know that I should make sure I know what I'm talking about before I write it. That's where you and I are different.

Eyeswideopen

So in other words, I'm right. Thank You!!

Eyeswideopen

Figured you wouldn't have a logical answer for this one. No way out.

PeopleAreAmazing

No, sorry - you weren't right. Your ignorance simply exhausted me. I took a break from worrying about you.

Eyeswideopen

Please stop the bully, diva attitude. I have witnessed other comments by you,(concerning other topics) debasing ones character. It is disrespectful and un-necessary. Practice kindness.

Tagger

Where do you people even think you have a right to judge anyone. Xander was not where close to killing the cop. But my goodness where do you have the right to point fingers and call people out. I sure if you have kids they are not innocent. there is a lot in this town parents have no idea about. And don't put Xander past on here thats not your place. His mother has done the best she could have, I promise you that. And he has learned his lesson just an fyi...Seeing all these comments I can see what a sad town Grand Haven really is.

GHJames

Tagger, I agree this is not the place to judge people or air the whole family's problems, but I disagree about the crime itself. You seem to be under the impression this was a simple fistfight. It was not. Xander was high on LSD and OUT OF HIS MIND. Xander came up behind the cop and hit him in the head with a wine bottle hard enough to break his skull. He didn't stop. He kept hitting him after he was down and even tried to stab him. From waht was said in court he even yelled "I'm going to stab you" as he reached for a knife. If Xander was no where close to killing that man then he was darn close to getting himself killed. That officer had a gun ready to be used and no one could have faulted him if he had. Xander's own defense attorney said exactly that. Somehow the officer got him handcuffed while alone, with a fractured skull, and an injured hand. Do not minimize what happened that night. Thank god this mess ended the way it did and hopefully Ofc. Schulte can get back to his normal life soon. Hopefully Xander comes out of this seeing it as a second chance to move his life in the right direction.

Say No To Tourist's

Well said.

Tagger

Where do you people even think you have a right to judge anyone. Xander was not where close to killing the cop. But my goodness where do you have the right to point fingers and call people out. I sure if you have kids they are not innocent. there is a lot in this town parents have no idea about. And don't put Xander past on here thats not your place. His mother has done the best she could have, I promise you that. And he has learned his lesson just an fyi...Seeing all these comments I can see what a sad town Grand Haven really is.

Say No To Tourist's

Xander has learned his lesson? we'll see....."He wasnt close to killing that cop as you said?" did you read the article or are you just posting towards others posts?

Heres a quote from officer Schulte “I think it is very important Mr. Snively understands this incident could have easily have been fatal for either one of us,” Schulte said. “I suffered a fractured skull with a significant concussion in the first moments of the assault. More than three months later, I am still being treated for my injuries".

Officer Schulte is still doing desk duty and he might return to patrol in May, this is from himself and another co worker that I know.

Do you see me placing blame on his parents? They probably did do a good job raising him, or maybe not? You think because he went through a divorce that makes him special? Many kids have including mine, once they hit 18 there adults and any trouble thay get into is there problem.

Yep At the time of the assault, Snively was under the influence of drugs and did not remember what happened, said his attorney, Joe Legatz.

Yeah Xanders a real special good hearted kid that almost beat a cop to death and almost died himself that night......

markie54

Gee, I Can't belive Walking Alive would hasen't chimed in with his infinant wisdom yet!

WalmartWolverine

Ever wonder why, when the criminal justice system gets involved where there is personal injury, the posts start flying in uncontrolled numbers? We are up to 55 at last count on this one.
The universal conception, “Innocent until proven guilty,” but it does not take long before the shooting from the hip starts and the fun begins. First reaction, “Throw him in jail and throw the key away.” After the criminal justice system has had their say, it’s, “Put him in jail but give him the key.”

Smitty

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged. Only GOD Can Judge Me. Hater's Quit Snitchin. Peace Be With U.

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