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List of charges against Brandon shooter grows

by Susan Bromley

August 15, 2012

The list of charges has grown against the Brandon Township man who assaulted neighbors, fired shots and threatened to kill police earlier this month.

James Walter Graves, 58, was arraigned Aug. 13 in front of 52-2 District Court Judge Joseph Fabrizio on a charge of delivery/manufacture of more than 20 marijuana plants, as well as an additional charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Graves was originally arraigned Aug. 4 on six charges, including one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, a 4-year felony; one count of felonious assault, a 5-year felony; one count of malicious destruction of property, $1,000-$20,000, a 5-year felony; one count of simple assault, a 93-day misdemeanor; and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, which carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison. His arraignment took place in his Oakland County Jail cell due to his uncooperative behavior.

According to police reports, Oakland County Sheriff's Office deputies responded at 10:47 a.m. Aug. 1 to the area of Inner Drive and Flint Boulevard for a report of a man with a gun. Dispatch advised a male subject, identified as Graves, was dressed in camouflage and was walking down the street carrying a shotgun. Gunshots had been heard and the subject was last seen on Patterson at Inner Drive.

Before deputies arrival, Graves allegedly pointed his shotgun at one woman, assaulted another by punching her, and damaged a vehicle by repeatedly striking it with his hands and feet. He was threatening to kill sheriff's deputies and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. He ran from police who had set up a perimeter and was apprehended before he made it back into his home, where it was later discovered he had a cache of weapons, including numerous guns in various unsecured locations.

Graves remains in the Oakland County Jail.