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Man sentenced in case involving woman body-slammed, given brain injury

Posted at 11:06 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 11:06:08-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man has been sentenced in a case involving a woman being “body-slammed” due to road rage in a Starbucks parking lot earlier this year, Kent County Prosecutor Christopher Becker said.

Eric Anthony Alvarez was sentenced Wednesday to 321 days in Kent County Jail, five years of probation and restitution for Samantha Sutherlin’s medical expenses.

Those expenses amount to about $391,000, according to Becker.

On Thursday, Feb. 13, police were called to a fight happening in the Starbucks parking lot off of Alpine Avenue in Walker. Police say some sort of crash may have happened prior to the fight.

When police arrived, officers found Sutherlin unconscious.

She was hospitalized with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) requiring emergency surgery.

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The hospital put her in a medically-induced coma to calm her body and brain in hopes of starting the healing process.