Bar owner to possibly come to non-trial agreement

Michael James Anderson

Michael James Anderson

CAMP VERDE – Michael James Anderson, owner of Bootleggers Beer Club, appeared in court before Judge Michael R. Bluff Monday morning for two felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Anderson is pleading not guilty to the charges. Anderson’s defense attorney, Bruce Griffen, asked the court for time to come to a non-trial agreement.

“On May 10, Cottonwood Police were contacted by two victims who wished to report the owner of Bootleggers Beer Club, Mike Anderson, pulled a gun on them the previous evening while they were giving him a ride to his house due to his level of intoxication,” said Sgt. Monica Kuhlt of Cottonwood Police Department in a previous news release.

Police said during the investigation, it was discovered that Anderson allegedly consumed alcohol at his bar while working there, which is a criminal offense.

“Based on that, Department of Liquor Licenses & Control (D.L.L.C) was asked to assist in the investigation,” stated the release.

Anderson will appear in court again on Aug. 14.

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