A man accused of killing a Milwaukee police officer last summer entered a last-minute guilty plea today just as opening statements were set to start. Jurors were selected Monday, and set to visit the scene of the crime today.
Jonathan Copeland Jr. has decided to plead guilty rather than stand trial in shooting death of Milwaukee police officer Michael Michalski. He will plead to first-degree intentional homicide, without penalty enhancer. Prosecutors will drop other counts.
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Police say Jonathan Copeland Jr. shot 52-year old officer Michael Michalski in the head as officers were attempting to arrest Copeland last July. Officers had a warrant to arrest Copeland for felony drug crimes.
Copeland previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree intentional homicide in the death of the 17-year department vet. He also faced charges for being a felon in possession of a gun and attempted homicide for shooting at two other officers. However, those officers were not injured. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss those charges.
Copeland faces life in prison when he’s sentenced May 3.