MENOMINEE — The mother of 25-year-old Devon Barley of Menominee Township, who was seriously injured when the sports-utility vehicle Ryan Philipps was driving struck him in August 2019, said “the jury got it right” in convicting Philipps of two felony counts.
Philipps, 25, was convicted late Sept. 3 at the Menominee County Courthouse of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, punishable by up to 10 years, and of reckless driving causing serious impairment, punishable by up to five years.
“We think the trial was fair and we are very happy with the verdict. Despite long days of testimonies and the amount of evidence presented, the jury got it right,” said Barley’s mother, Aimee Buchert. in written comments to the EagleHerald.
“Mr. Philipps intentionally caused great bodily harm to my son and then fled the scene. This unnecessary act caused extensive amount of injuries and the guilty verdict requires him to be accountable for his actions.”
Buchert said Devon’s injuries requiring surgery included fractures of his femur, a shoulder separation, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures, and an ankle injury. He also suffered multiple rib fractures, deep cuts and abrasions.
Sentencing in the case hasn’t yet been scheduled but is expected to take place no earlier than December or January, according to the Menominee County clerk’s office.
Philipps, who is the son of Menominee attorney Randall Philipps, was found not guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon and not guilty of assault with intent to murder.