Man who threatened day care misses sentencing

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 day care did not show up for his Wednesday sentencing hearing.

In response, Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Buth issued a bench warrant for Mario Brazier.

Almost a year ago, Brazier called the Rainbow Child Care Center on 68th Street multiple times 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. He then threatened to kill that woman and everyone else at the day care. The child care contacted authorities, who arrested Brazier within an hour and a half.

In early March, a jury found Brazier guilty of malicious use of a telecommunications device and not guilty of false report or threat of terrorism.

He had previously pleaded guilty to the false report of terrorism charge under a plea deal that would have sentenced him to no more than a year in the Kent County jail, but he later withdrew that plea in February and went to trial.

Malicious use of a telecommunications device is punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000, according to the Michigan Penal Code.

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