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Virgil Smith resigns from Senate


State Senator Virgil Smith has submitted his resignation from the Legislature as he begins a 10-month jail sentence.

The Detroit Democrat pleaded guilty to shooting up his wife’s car. But the judge rejected part of the plea deal that required Smith to resign his state Senate seat. That set the stage for a fight over the Senate voting to remove Smith from office – a controversy averted by the resignation.

Amber McCann is the spokeswoman for the Senate Republican majority.

“He was convicted and pled guilty to a crime, and he is now serving jail time. The most   appropriate action was voluntary resignation.”

Smith will continue to collect his salary until the resignation becomes official when the Legislature returns from its spring break on April 12th. Then it will be up to Governor Rick Snyder to set special election dates to fill the vacancy.