Man sentenced for courtroom scuffle

A Grand Haven man stood respectfully before Circuit Court Judge Jon Hulsing on Monday. His behavior was in stark contrast to what landed him there in the first place.
Becky Vargo
Feb 24, 2014

Todd Andrew Kline, 44, was sentenced to the 103 days he already served in jail on a charge of resisting and obstructing police.

He was free to go after his sentencing.

Hulsing also ordered Kline to pay more than $1,800 in fines and costs, and then worked with him to set up a payment plan.

When asked if he had anything to say, Kline replied, “The incident that brings me here today was mishandled.”

Kline pleaded no contest to the charge on Jan. 21, due to the possibility of civil liability, court records indicated.

The incident occurred when Kline was in Judge Jon Van Allsburg’s courtroom on Oct. 11, 2013, for a hearing on failure to pay child support.

Kline’s continued attempts to disrupt the proceedings caused Van Allsburg to hold the man in contempt. The judge set bond at $500 and ordered deputies to take Kline into custody.

When deputies reached out to arrest him, Kline struggled enough to throw himself and two deputies to the floor. He continued to struggle and yell obscenities until deputies Tasered him a second time.

Bond was set at $50,000 when Kline was arraigned the following week and continued with his tirades in front of District Court Judge Craig Bunce.

Bunce said he was setting the bond for the safety of the public, taking in consideration Kline’s criminal history. That history includes armed robbery in 1991, domestic violence in 2003 and attempting to resist a police officer in 2006.

At the time of Kline’s child support hearing, records showed he owed $28,535 in child support.

On Monday, Kline told Judge Hulsing that he did have a job and would be able to make the payments on the court costs.

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