Offbeat
9:32 am
Tue August 7, 2012

"Bee Sting" sentenced after pleading guilty

A Michigan man who once belonged to a costumed band of self-professed real-life superheroes has been sentenced to time served in jail after pleading guilty in a deal with prosecutors, the Associated Press reports.  More from the AP:

Adam Besso was nicknamed "Bee Sting" and pleaded June 22 to a misdemeanor charge of attempted assault with a weapon. The agreement with prosecutors calls for the 36-year-old Sterling Heights man to be released after sentencing. Besso apologized at his court appearance Monday before formally receiving the sentence of 102 days already served and two years' probation. Authorities say Besso's shotgun fired in April as he struggled with a man at a trailer park in the Flint suburb of Burton. Police say he was wearing a bulletproof vest, black leather jacket with a bee logo, shin guards and knee pads.

"Bee Sting" was once part of a larger group known on the Internet as the "Michigan Protectors."

The Protectors include:

  • Arsenul from Eaton Rapids
  • The Animal from Midland
  • Venge from Lansing
  • Sentinel from Grand Rapids
  • Checkmate from Flint
  • RedJacket from Flint
  • Void from Midland
  • and Petoskey Batman

Petoskey Batman, in the suit he sold to cover his legal fees.
Credit Courtesy of the Petoskey, Michigan Department of Public Safety.

Earlier this year, my colleague Mark Brush reported that Petoskey Batman (a.k.a. Mark Williams) auctioned off his caped crusader suit to help pay for his legal fees:

Last May, Williams was arrested after police spotted him hanging off the wall of a building in Petoskey. He was charged with trespassing and possession of dangerous weapons (a striking baton, a can of chemical irritant spray, and a pair of lead lined gloves). Now he's got a little extra cash for his effort. After 8 bids, the suit sold for $152.50. Congrats to the winner! The suit does not come with the sand-filled Sap gloves, but DOES come with a signed statement of authenticity, and a signed photograph of Williams standing next to the suit.