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Rifle-Carrying Teen Pleads Not Guilty; Pre-Trial Set for May 15

Arraignment waived for the Troy 18-year-old who was arrested in downtown Birmingham April 13 after he was caught carrying a loaded rifle.

The case against Troy 18-year-old Sean Michael Combs, the teen caught carrying a loaded rifle in downtown Birmingham last month, moves forward with a pre-trial hearing set for May 15 in 48th District Court.

A plea of not guilty was entered for Combs on charges of brandishing a firearm, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer after .

On the night of the arrest, officers asked for Combs' identification to determine whether he was 18 and therefore old enough to carry the rifle. However, according to police reports, Combs — who was with a group of friends at the time — refused.

Police later determined the weapon, a M1-.30 caliber rifle, was loaded with one round in the chamber.

, a gift he received for his 18th birthday a month earlier.

According to Phillip Hofmeister, president of Michigan Open Carry Inc., adults are allowed to carry such rifles openly and are not required to show identification to police unless one is being detained.

Birmingham Police Cmdr. Terry Kiernan said the department is not commenting on the case pending trial except to say that on the night of the arrest, Combs looked very young.

Combs' formal arraignment, set for May 2, was waived at the request of his attorney, James Makowski. A pre-trial is set for 1:30 p.m. May 15 in front of Judge Marc Baron.

R Jeppostol May 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I'm so confused, aside from being guilty in the court of public opinion, what crime did this teen commit. He was well within his rights to carry the weapon, and now the cops/prosecutor are just wasting tax dollars on a doomed prosecution. Instead, this money could be used to increasing foot patrols around the city. I'm sorry if the cops don't want to get off their donuts, but it's time they actually get out on the streets instead of just relying on the cameras after the fact.
R Jeppostol May 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I may have spoken out of line with my "donuts" comment, but i suppose that reflects some of my personal experience with condescending/bullying/arrogant officers in the past. Nonetheless, I find your comments nauseously melodramatic. "Life on the line?" Please, I almost seized from laughing too hard; after all, we're talking about Birmingham, the wealthiest suburb, of one of if not the most wealthy counties in the United States. "Semper Fi?" please don't try to extend the scope of military to include police officers living safely within the confines of the United States. Leave Semper Fi to the marines who risk their lives over seas, not on the streets of michigans wealthiest walkable community. ROFL.
Tellit Likeiseeit May 02, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Please stop saying he was "caught" carrying a loaded rifle. It gives the (not so) subtle impression that there's something illegal about that. There isn't. You might as well report "He was caught walking around Birmingham with friends" or "He was caught driving a vehicle weighing 4,000 pounds". It's newsworthy that he was arrested, and that he had a rifle (not a typical habit of Birmingham-dwellers), but you can't really be "caught" doing something that you're doing openly.

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