Douglas R. Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, announced today that on October 17, 2019, Taylor Danielle Lahr, age 26, formerly of Charlotte, was sentenced to a minimum of Ten (10) years in the Michigan Department of Corrections after her conviction for Home Invasion 1st Degree, Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm less than Murder, and Interference with Electronic Communications, by 56th Circuit Court Judge Janice K. Cunningham. The convictions are the result of an incident on January 11, 2019, in which Lahr broke into the Charlotte residence of her mother and assaulted her, then exited the residence and pointed a loaded pistol at Charlotte Police Department Chief Paul Brentar. Lahr’s pointing of the pistol resulted in her being shot by a Charlotte Police Officer and suffering non-lethal wounds. The officer was previously cleared of any wrongdoing for his actions in defending Chief Brentar.
During the sentencing hearing, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Anderson commented that Lahr violated a court order prohibiting her from being at the residence, assaulted her mother, and then with full knowledge of the location of Chief Brentar, exited the residence with a pistol and pointed directly at him while advancing towards him. Lahr’s actions put Brentar’s fellow officers in the unenviable position of having to make a split-second decision to use deadly-force, a decision that no officer wakes up in the morning wanting to make. Anderson noted that Lahr’s decisions that afternoon have forever changed the lives of countless individuals.
Eaton County Prosecutor Douglas R. Lloyd said, “Ms. Lahr’s senseless behavior put numerous members of our community at risk, resulted in the injury of her mother, and could have resulted in her own death. This sentence will protect the community while recognizing that our law enforcement professionals work hard to protect our communities and we must appreciate the difficult job that they have chosen to take on to serve our communities.”
Lahr was represented by Grand Ledge Attorney John Deming.