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Michigan Man, Marvis Blanks, Violates Probation for Dog Fighting and Child Porn Convictions

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

Marvis A. Blanks, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, who was on probation for a dog-fighting conviction, was returned to prison on Tuesday for violating his probation in the dog fighting case and also in a conviction for child pornography.

Blanks, 29, had received concurrent sentences of 23 months to four years in prison by Kalamazoo County Circuit judges Pamela L. Lightvoet and Alexander C. Lipsey.

Blanks was one of five men charged in 2012 in connection with a dog-fighting ring in Kalamazoo. The dog fighting sentence was in conjunction with Blanks being convicted for possession of animal-fighting equipment. The child porn conviction related to possession of child sexually abusive material. This is not an unusual combination in dog fighting cases, where child porn is often found during searches. Both are crimes indicative of the desire for absolute power over and degradation of vulnerable creatures and the sick, sadistic pleasure in inflicting and/or watching the suffering of those helpless to defend themselves.

Circuit court documents show that Blanks violated his probation several times after he was sentenced in June 2012 by Lipsey to one day in jail and four years of probation, reports the Gazette.

The latest offense, which violated his probation in both cases, was in July when Blanks was arrested by Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responding to a house in the 1400 block of Sherwood Avenue.

According to court documents, officers found Blanks hiding behind a shower curtain and seized a long gun and handgun. It was alleged that Blanks pointed a gun at two people and he was taken into custody on suspicion of felonious assault, felony use of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“I apologize to the court for being here,” Blanks said Tuesday during his sentencing in front of Lightvoet. “… I just want to apologize to my family for having to go through this,” the Gazette reports.

Assistant Prosecutor Greg Russell told Lightvoet that, “We need to protect society from Mr. Blanks and we believe the best place for him right now is in prison.”

Blanks pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of firearm possession by a felon and felonious assault and is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 13 by Circuit Judge J. Richardson Johnson.

Two counts of felony use of a firearm are to be dismissed at the time of Blanks’ sentencing, according to Rex Hall, Jr., of the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Source: MLive