Singer Trey Songz declines plea deal in assault case

DETROIT, MICH. - A singer accused of punching a Detroit police sergeant after a concert in Detroit two months ago has been offered a plea deal in his criminal case.

Trey Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, did not accept the offer during a court hearing in Frank Murphy Hall of Justice today, but it remains open. The offer would reduce a felony count to a misdemeanor count and requires Neverson to be on probation for two years as part of a sentence agreement.

The R&B artist appeared before Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway via a video connection from Los Angeles for his arraignment today. She entered a not guilty plea in the case.

Neverson, 32, currently faces a felony count of assaulting a police officer causing injury, which is punishable by up to four years in prison, and a misdemeanor count of aggravated assault, which carries of a maximum penalty of one year in jail, officials said.

Prosecutors offered a plea deal that would require him to plead guilty to one count of attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer and one count of aggravated assault. Neverson would also be required to undergo drug and alcohol screening and anger management counseling.

“We just got the offer today,” said Charles Longstreet II, Neverson’s co-counsel with Gabi Silver.

Police went to the singer's dressing room following mayhem that happened when the performer was told his show was over and he had to leave the stage. He threw things and a cameraman was hit and injured with a microphone stand, police said.

Police said when they went to arrest him, Neverson of Virginia punched a police sergeant in the head, causing a concussion.

A docket conference in his case is scheduled March 10.

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Contact Elisha Anderson: eanderson@freepress.com or 313-222-5144

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