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Family sentenced in attack

by Susan Bromley

October 26, 2011

Three members of a Brandon Township family have been sentenced in relation to an attack on local teenagers, with the father to serve jail time, while the son and his mother received probation.

Bryan Hanley, 44, was sentenced Oct. 19 by Sixth Circuit Court Judge Wendy L. Potts to 305 days in the Oakland County Jail. He will receive credit for six days served. On his release he will serve three years probation and must complete an anger management course. Hanley pleaded guilty Sept. 12 to two counts of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder. In exchange for his plea, two charges of assault with a deadly weapon were dismissed.

His son, Aaron Hanley, 18, was sentenced Oct. 12 by Potts to three years probation as part of the Holmes Youthful Training Act. He must also pay restitution. Aaron Hanley pleaded guilty Sept. 7 to one count of felonious assault and one count of malicious destruction of property, less than $1,000.

Aaron Hanley’s mother, Cheryl Kempf, 41, was sentenced Sept. 29 by 52-2 District Court Judge Joseph Fabrizio to 12 months probation after she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly person.

According to police reports, on April 30, a 19-year-old man from Holly and 18-year-old man from Clarkston contacted Aaron Hanley and said they wanted to meet him at the Ortonville Village Skate Park to talk to him about a 16-year-old Clarkston boy Aaron Hanley had beaten the day before. The 18- and 19-year-olds arrived with several young women. Aaron Hanley met them with several teens as well as his girlfriend, and suggested they go to Bloomer Park #3 on State Park Road because the Skate Park is patrolled regularly by police and no one is allowed in the park after closing time.

Both groups drove to the state park, and prior to their arrival, Bryan Hanley and Cheryl Kempf were contacted and drove to the park in their white minivan.

When the Clarkston group arrived and drove to the back of the park, Aaron and Bryan Hanley blocked the exit with their vehicles to prevent escape by the Clarkston teens.

Witnesses told police Bryan Hanley jumped out of the minivan and brandished a large wrench. He called the 18-year-old Clarkston man, who is black, a racial slur before striking him with the wrench. When he was on the ground, he was again beaten with the wrench, fists and feet until he was able to get up to flee. At that time, Bryan Hanley threw the wrench at him.

Aaron Hanley got out of the car he was in and wielded a wooden bat, with which he struck the 19-year-old Holly man in the head and then proceeded to punch and kick the victim while he was on the ground.

Cheryl Kempf punched one of the girls from Clarkston in the face, then ordered the pitbull terrier that she and Bryan Hanley had brought with them to attack the victims. The pitbull chased the victim that Aaron Hanley struck in the head to his car. The man was able to get in a car without being attacked by the dog.