Why are gun-hating anti-violence activists so violent in their personal lives? Ask Sparkle Roby who organized an anti-violence march in Saginaw, Michigan. Weeks later, cops arrested her for threatening a woman with an illegally possessed gun.
Now, she’s pleaded guilty to a slew of…gun charges.
Our virtuous anti-violence activist had a dispute of some sort at a Saginaw beauty salon. Apparently dissatisfied with the service she received, Roby returned with a gun intent on taking care of business.
Fortunately for all parties involved, the employee who angered our dedicated anti-violence crusader had become scarce.
…Prosecutors say Roby on July 22 had an altercation with an employee at Unique Styles Beauty Salon in Saginaw and said she’d come back with a gun. She left the business, then returned with a pistol and waved it around, yelling for the employee, prosecutors allege.
Roby left the salon when she heard police were being called, prosecutors said. No one was injured, but police said several people were in the salon at the time.
Authorities issued a warrant for Roby’s arrest on Monday, Sept. 16. The next day, police arrested her during a traffic stop.
Roby, speaking with MLive on Thursday, said she expects the case against her to be dismissed.
“They’re all false claims,” she said. “I don’t know the person who made the report.”
It seems Roby reconsidered her earlier comments, taking a plea bargain that spared her time in the pokey.
Sparkle N. Roby, 34, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, appeared before Saginaw County Chief Circuit Judge Darnell Jackson and pleaded no contest to single counts of felonious assault, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.
In exchange, the prosecution agreed to dismiss three counts of felony firearm, a conviction that would mandate a minimum two-year prison sentence.
By pleading no contest as opposed to guilty, Roby did not admit to having committed any crimes. Jackson relied on court documents to enter convictions on the record.
As that report makes clear, Ms. Sparkle’s no stranger to the criminal justice system.
In 2015, Roby found herself in legal trouble for witness intimidation for twice threatening a female who was a witness against her brother, Brandon Sims, who is serving 26-50 years in prison for the 2014 shooting death of Keyonus Mobley.
It’s easier to intimidate people when gun control laws keep them disarmed. We look forward to Roby’s next anti-violence effort.