ALPENA - A Michigan State Police Trooper accused of assaulting his family while possessing a firearm will go to circuit court.
Edward William Adamiak, 50, and his attorney Richard Convertino agreed to waive a preliminary hearing Thursday in 88th District Court. Adamiak faces three charges of felonious assault, plus a felony firearm charge for a June 14 incident involving his wife and two sons, according to court documents. The case will now go to 26th Circuit Court at a later date.
If convicted, Adamiak could face four years in jail for each assault charge, plus two years for felony firearm, according to Michigan law.
Adamiak was a trooper at Alpena's MSP post until he was suspended without pay after he was charged for the alleged off-duty incident, according to a press release from the post. The MSP is conducting its own investigation. Adamiak still could be punished if he violated department policy, even if cleared of the criminal charges.
Convertino said Adamiak agreed to waive the hearing to save his family from the emotional strain of testifying and being cross-examined at this point.
"We didn't feel it necessary to put the family through more trauma at this point in time," Convertino said.
Alpena County Prosecutor Edward Black confirmed this, and said he's glad to see the case move forward.
"I'm happy the matter has finally made its way over to where it's supposed to be," he said.
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