Boyne City Man Sentenced To Prison For Shooting Officer

A Boyne City man who shot a police officer will go to prison.

In May of 2015, James Cook stole two cars, then broke into a friend’s home, to steal guns.

Hours later, Charlevoix County deputies, along with state police and Boyne City police, got into a standoff with Cook.

He shot Corporal Fred Hasty, seriously injuring his leg.

Friday, Cook was sentenced to at least 39 years in prison.

James Cook’s sentencing gave many people sitting in the courtroom Friday morning an amount of closure.

Cook shot Corporal Fred Hasty in the leg.

He went through months of physical therapy to get back on his feet.

He was in the courtroom to learn Cook’s punishment.

Several officers were at Friday’s sentencing, including Charlevoix deputies, state troopers and Boyne City police.

Many of which were on the scene in May of 2015 when James Cook shot at them.

Cook pleaded guilty to eight felonies and five accounts of assault, but this is something these officers will have to live with for the rest of their lives.

“He continues to talk about this as the worst day of his life and I, with all due respect, think it was a much, much worse day for the officers involved. They don’t sign up to have bullets shot at them,” says Charlevoix County Prosecutor Allen Telgenhof.

Cook’s attorney said she believes James was in a displaced state of mind and normally doesn’t make decisions like he did that day.