Plea deal in day care threat case

Mario Brazier threatened to kill everyone at Rainbow Child Development Center in Gaines Township. (May 21, 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A man who threatened to kill everyone at a Kent County daycare has entered into a plea deal that will put him in jail for no longer than a year.

Mario Brazier pleaded no contest Tuesday to false report or threat of terrorism. His trial was scheduled to start Wednesday.

Brazier, 26, called the Rainbow Child Care Center on 68th Street multiple times on May 20, 2013 looking for his ex-wife, who is an employee there. The woman who answered the phone would not allow him to speak to the ex-wife. At that point, he threatened to kill the woman who answered the phone, as well as everyone else at the day care.

The child care contacted authorities, who arrested Brazier within an hour and a half.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped a charges of malicious use of a telephone and agreed that Brazier will serve his sentence in the Kent County jail.

That means though the crime is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, Brazier will spend no longer than a year behind bars. He may withdraw the no contest plea if a pre-sentencing evaluation finds he should be imprisoned for longer than that.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilty but is treated as one during sentencing, which is set for Feb. 12.

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