UAW VP Holiefield faces charge in wife's shooting

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Associated Press

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 6:09 PM

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — United Auto Workers vice president General Holiefield has been named in a misdemeanor arrest warrant following the accidental shooting of his wife in their Harrison Township home, northeast of Detroit.

The Macomb County sheriff's office says Holiefield faces a reckless use of a firearm charge, which carries up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine upon conviction.

Holiefield was not in custody Friday. He is retiring this year from the UAW.

A Jan. 22 arraignment is scheduled in Clinton Township.

The 60-year-old Holiefield was cleaning a handgun on Dec. 30 when one shot fired, striking 50-year-old Monica Morgan in the abdomen. Morgan is recovering.

Holiefield's attorney Rob Tuth told WXYZ-TV that his client is "way more devastated by what happened to his wife, Monica, than any criminal proceedings."

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