Man who threatened day care misses sentencing

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