WEST HOLLYWOOD—The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office revealed that Mitchell Gareth Grobeson entered a no contest plea in court on Thursday, April 26 in connection to a domestic violence incident that transpired at his home.
Grobeson, 59, who is a retired Los Angeles Police Department sergeant, entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of criminal threats. He was sentenced to 36 months of summary probation and ordered to surrender all weapons for 10 years and continue mental health counseling.
The domestic violence incident occurred on March 4, 2016, after Grobeson threatened his husband with a hand gun and forced him to leave the establishment. The victim contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to seek help in gathering his belongings from the home, the prosecutor noted.
Grobeson was the first openly gay LAPD sergeant. Back in 1988, he filed a lawsuit against the LAPD where he alleged he was forced into retirement because of his sexual orientation.
When deputies arrived at the home, Grobeson barricaded himself inside of the home for approximately 3 hours before surrendering. Grobeson could have faced up to 14 years in state prison if convicted as charged. The case was investigated by the LASD West Hollywood Division.