February 13, 2014 at 1:00 am

Rev. Sheffield arraigned on domestic violence charges

Booking photo of the Rev. Horace Sheffield III (Detroit Police Department)

Detroit — The Rev. Horace Sheffield III turned himself in to authorities Thursday to face charges connected to a domestic violence issue involving his estranged wife.

Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody confirmed that Sheffield came to the Detroit Detention Center after the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office signed off on a warrant approving charges stemming from the Jan. 10 incident at his home on Warrington in Detroit.

Sheffield’s attorney, Allison Folmar, said her client was arraigned before a 36th District Court magistrate on misdemeanor counts of domestic violence and preventing a crime report and was released on a $7,500 personal bond. A pretrial is set for Feb. 21.

Sheffield, 60, is an activist and pastor of New Destiny Baptist Church in Detroit. Folmar, who is also representing Sheffield in his divorce case, alleges Sheffield’s soon-to-be ex-wife, DiAnna Lashelle Solomon, is trying to “ruin his reputation” through the contentious divorce.

“She’s done everything possible to ruin his reputation,” Folmar said. “She’s elevated this to a whole new level. This is a downright lie.”

Reached Thursday, Solomon deferred comment to her attorney, who could not be immediately reached.

Woody said the January argument occurred inside the home and resulted from “some personal issues that they are going through.” The dispute led the alleged victim to pick up the phone and dial 911. She then claimed that Sheffield took the phone out of her hand while she was attempting to place the call. That was the extent of the incident between the two, Woody added.

The couple had been living together during proceedings in the divorce, which are about to be finalized, Folmar said. She says Sheffield, “emphatically denies” the allegations.

“My client is a pillar of the community and he serves her with a divorce and now he’s getting a mug shot picture taken,” she said. “It’s not right. He’s the victim.”

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