Macy’s assault suspect gets probation, short jail sentence

FLINT TWP. — A Mount Morris man will be facing probation and a short jail sentence for attacking a Flint Township Macy’s store employee earlier this summer.

Damire Palmer, 18, was sentenced on Sept. 4 to two years of probation and 180 days in jail for assaulting a 50-year-old manager at the Macy’s department store inside the Genesee Valley Center on June 15. Palmer pled guilty to a charge of felony assault last month, which could have landed him in prison for up to 10 years.

However, the Macy’s store manager requested for Palmer’s sentence to be reduced and for the felony charge to be dropped from Palmer’s record once he completes his sentence.

During his sentencing in circuit court, Palmer apologized for his behavior and said that he plans to further his education and get a job once his sentence is complete.

Back in June, Palmer was shopping at the Macy’s inside the Genesee Valley Center when he was told by his brother that the store manager had called him a racially offensive name. Palmer then attacked the manager, knocked him to the floor and punched him several times. Meanwhile, Palmer’s brother filmed the assault and posted a viral video of it online.

At Palmer’s sentencing, Genesee County Judge David Newblatt emphasized that there had been no provocation for the attack, and that the store manager did not direct any racially offensive language at Palmer.

Investigators have not disclosed whether Damire Palmer’s brother, Damarquay Jovan Palmer of Flint Township, will face any charges for his role in the attack.

If Damire Palmer completes his sentence, the felony charge against him will be replaced with a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault. His 180-day jail sentence will also include credit for time already served.