BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - A Battle Creek woman who fought with deputies outside a courtroom 2 1/2 years ago was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail.
Since her arrest, Vickie Haymer has fired two attorneys, threatened to kill another, successfully won a motion to represent herself and then said her client was mentally ill. While in jail earlier this year she jumped from a second tier, injuring a corrections officer.
Haymer has undergone mental evaluations and her trial was postponed at least four times before she entered a plea in November.
The 45-year-old woman was arrested on two counts of resisting arrest, one count of disturbing the peace and for being an habitual offender after she and her boyfriend had an altercation June 2, 2015 outside a fourth-floor courtroom at the courthouse in Battle Creek.
Haymer and her boyfriend, Thomas Scott, 57, of Battle Creek, were attending a hearing for her son before Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Brian Kirkham.
Sheriff deputies alleged Haymer began creating a disturbance as she sat in the gallery of the courtroom and then stood and before leaving told Kirkham "you need to shut your mouth."
The judge ordered Haymer and Scott to return to the courtroom but when two deputies attempted to escort the couple from the hallway, they said Haymer resisted and when they attempted to arrest her, Scott attempted to intervene.
Scott eventually pleaded no contest to resisting police and disturbing the peace and was sentenced to 85 days in jail.
But Haymer challenged the arrest and demanded a trial. Her case was sent to circuit court but delayed several times.
Haymer fired two court appointed attorneys and then filed a motion to represent herself in circuit court after presenting the same argument during her preliminary examination to District Judge Samuel Durham.
Circuit Judge Sarah Lincoln approved the motion and said she would allow Haymer to represent herself. But in September 2015 Haymer filed a motion arguing that she suffers from mental illness and and should be examined to determine if she was competent to stand trial.
In a hearing, Haymer told Judge Sarah Lincoln she has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and "I have a personalty disorder, mood disorder, multiple personality disorder, anxiety disorder and I can't even pronounced this word but it is a disorder. And I have documentation for everything I mentioned."
"The defendant Vickie Marie Haymer does not understand the nature and the object of the proceedings that is against her and don't believe that she can represent herself in a rational manner," she wrote in court filings.
Haymer was evaluated and determined by psychologists to be competent.
On Aug. 11 her attorney, Melissa Heffner, appointed by Lincoln reported to Battle Creek police that she was threatened by Haymer.
Heffner said during a meeting, Haymer told her she would kill her or maybe commit suicide rather than kill the attorney. Heffner remained her attorney.
Haymer further delayed a trial this year by checking herself into the hospital and when she didn't appear for court she was arrested and placed in jail. Captain Randy Hazel, jail administrator, said she jumped from a second tier on Aug. 15, 2017, in an apparent suicide attempt and injured a corrections officer who attempted to catch her.
On Nov. 7 she entered her no contest pleas. Judge Lincoln said Thursday because of prior felony convictions of two counts of felonious assault and five counts of resisting police, she could have been sent to prison.
But the judge sentenced her to two years probation and 365 days in jail with credit for 153 days. She also must pay $1,288 in fines and costs.
Before she was sentenced, Haymer told the judge she didn't have anything to say.
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