Jailed state Sen. Virgil Smith submits letter of resignation

Smith was sentenced to jail for shooting at his ex-wife's car

An undated courtesy photo of state Sen. Virgil Smith, D-Detroit.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Sen. Virgil Smith has agreed to resign after beginning a 10-month sentence in the Wayne County Jail this week stemming from a shooting incident involving his ex-wife.

Amber McCann, a spokeswoman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, confirmed Smith’s resignation on Thursday, after he submitted his letter to the Secretary of the Senate’s office.

Smith was charged with a felony for shooting his ex-wife’s vehicle during a dispute at his home.

McCann says Meekhof would have begun the expulsion process if Smith had not resigned voluntarily, but says the Democrat had previously informed Meekhof of his intent to resign.

McCann says Smith’s resignation is effective April 12, which means he’ll still collect one state pay check while jailed.

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