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December 21, 2013

Corrections officer gets 2-year probation

SUTTONS BAY — A Leelanau County corrections officer avoided spending time in jail off the clock after a judge sentenced him to probation for driving to work drunk.

Jeffery Daniel Kassab, 40, remains suspended without pay after he showed up for his Nov. 13 shift smelling of alcohol. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to driving with a .24 blood-alcohol content.

On Friday, 86th District Court Judge Thomas Phillips sentenced Kassab to two years of probation, with conditions he complete various alcohol-treatment programs.

Sheriff Mike Borkovich said Kassab will return to work Dec. 24 after his 32-day suspension, provided he follows the probation terms. He said he respected how Kassab took responsibility for his actions and admitted his problem.

“He’s not blaming anyone else for it. That’s kind of what you hope for,” Borkovich said.



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