It took eight months, but a Sand Lake man has been found guilty of assaulting a Grand Rapids man who was visiting Cedar Springs for Red Flannel Day.
According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, there were a number of minor fights on Red Flannel weekend in October 2012. This incident took place inside the Gun Tavern, 18 N. Main Street at 1:45 a.m. on October 7.
Officers were dispatched to a fight in progress. Upon arrival they found one man unconscious on the floor and covered in blood. Witnesses told police that the suspect had fled the scene. Additional officers responded to clear the bar, while fire rescue and ambulance personnel treated the victim.
Chief Parent said that the victim, 35 of Grand Rapids, was attending Red Flannel festivities with a female friend and they were inside the Gun Tavern for a late night drink. A male acquaintance of the female, who once dated her, saw the two and confronted them. According to witnesses, the suspect, without any provocation, hit the victim at least four or five times. After the victim fell to the floor, the suspect then continued to kick him in the face.
Police charged Zebariah William Gillons, 28, of Sand Lake, with aggravated assault, and he finally went to trial on June 13, and was found guilty. He will have a presentence hearing on June 19 at 2 p.m. in 63rd District Court.
“I wanted to publicly thank the witnesses who took the time to tell officers the night of the incident what they saw and later made themselves available to testify in court,” said Chief Parent. “I believe this case weighed heavily on witness testimony.”