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Visser Receives 15 Years in Prison for September Incidents

Posted: Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at 6:30 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Aaron Gernes

Stephen Michael Visser was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday morning on burglary and assault charges. The 28-year-old Knoxville man broke into a Knoxville residence in September and threatened the occupants with a hammer. He also spit on officers as they arrested him. Marion County Attorney Ed Bull says that Visser has a lengthy criminal history. He’s hopeful Visser will make appropriate changes in his life to become a productive member of society over the next 15 years. Visser officially pled guilty to 2nd Degree Burglary and Assault on a Peace Officer. Bull adds that he hopes this sentence sends a message to the community that crimes of violence will not be tolerated.