September 4, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Crain exec given eight-month probation over domestic violence incident

Bloomfield Hills — An executive with Crain Communications charged with domestic violence was sentenced Thursday and said “this ... will not happen again.”

K.C. Crain Jr., 34, was given eight months of probation, assessed $500 in court fines and costs and ordered to attend weekly counseling sessions during a court appearance before Bloomfield Hills 48th District Judge Marc Barron. Crain was accompanied in court by his wife, Ashley.

Crain was arrested June 29 after a reported incident of domestic violence at his Bloomfield Hills home. He allegedly struggled with his 30-year-old wife and interrupted her 911 emergency call to police.

He had pled no contest to the domestic violence charge, which can carry up to 93 days in jail and fines.

“I want to apologize to the court and assure the court this is an incident that will not happen again,” Crain said.

Barron told Crain that if he successfully completed his eight-month probationary period “you do have the ability to leave here without a criminal conviction” but also warned him that if he violates any terms of the probation “you will be right back in court.”

Before sentencing, Crain’s attorney, Richard Zuckerman, described the domestic violence incident as a “one time” and “inexplicable thing” which was contrary to his client’s nature. Zuckerman said Crain has seen a medical professional who did not feel it required anger management and felt there was “no likelihood of this reoccurring.”

Zuckerman had provided several “character reference” letters to Barron, who said he had read them and knew some of the people in the community.

Barron told Crain he is not to possess or use alcohol or controlled subtances and to report for random testing for alcohol and drugs.

He also warned Crain “we live in a small community” and things done in public do not go unnoticed. Barron said Crain was photographed at a Fash Bash “sitting with a drink in your hand” after being ordered by Barron not to have alcohol as a condition of bond. Barron noted there was no way to determine if it was an alcoholic beverage but “to keep this in mind” when out in public.

When Barron noted Crain seemed disturbed by some of his instructions, Crain contritely responded: “I’m disappointed I’m in this position in the first place.”

Outside the courtroom, Zuckerman said neither he nor his client would have any comment. Attorney Robert Harrison, Ashley Crain’s attorney, would only describe the couple as “very much in love with each other.” When asked why she had retained an attorney, Harrison said: “We just felt it would be better under the circumstances for them to have separate representation.”

Police were dispatched to the Crain residence in the 1100 block of Orchard Ridge about 1 a.m. June 29 on a “911 hang up call” — an emergency call made to police but with no caller on the line.

An initial charge of attempted interference with a communication device, also a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and fines, had been earlier dismissed.

Crain, son of longtime publisher and board chairman Keith Crain, was named director of corporate operations for Crain Communications in June. He also retained his former title as group publisher of the Automotive News Group.

He is a partner at Cornerstone Schools and is involved with the Detroit Historical Society and the College for Creative Studies.

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