Michael Plemmons, a former Bier Garden employee arrested after a controversial fracas with an ALE officer, pled guilty to assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, resisting a public officer and simple assault on Dec. 15, court documents show. Plemmons will serve 120 days supervised probation and a year unsupervised.
The charges spring from a May incident in which ALE officer David Miller was assaulted while trying to write tickets to Bier Garden employees for drinking after hours, according to authorities. Plemmons attacked Miller, striking him with his fist, grappling with him and biting his finger, according to the ALE’s account.
However, then-manager Malcolm Knighten asserted in a 911 call that Miller was harassing employees and had not identified himself. In the call, Knighten said he didn’t believe Miller was a law-enforcement officer. Miller can be heard telling Plemmons, “You’re going to get maced for real, dude.” Knighten struck Miller with a barstool.
Knighten plead guilty to assault with a deadly weapon, selling an alcoholic beverage after hours and resisting a public officer in September. He received nonactive probation and had to perform community service.
Plemmons was also charged with interfering with the inspection of a licensed premise, selling alcoholic beverages after hours and assault inflicting serious injury, but those charges were all dropped.
— David Forbes, staff writer