Article on Domestic Violence in Allegan County giving stats from 2002-2008

Brainard, Kevin (Plainwell Police Officer – murder/suicide)

  • Caucasian Male, brown hair
  • Born 1976
  • Resided in Allegan County (Otsego)
  • Graduate of Kalamazoo Valley Community College Police Academy
  • Victim: wife of one year Pam (Aukerman) Brainard (an RN, age 33), murdered on 04 November 2007
  • Currently: deceased (committed suicide following murder of wife)
  • Surviving: (step)son Kyle Aukerman and daughter Kayla Brainard
  • Served on Otsego Police Dept. one year, then Plainwell Police Department for 7 years thereafter
  • Also served on Otsego Fire Department 13 years
  • Media coverage: WWMT-TV3 article | WOOD-TV8 article | Behind the Blue Wall post

Convissor, Philip John, Sr.

  • CASE PENDING in Allegan County
  • Caucasian Male
  • Born 11 May 1962
  • Resides in Kent County (Grand Rapids)
  • Charged with domestic violence and child abuse
  • Victims include one or more minor children
  • PPO issued against Convissor 14 Sep 2011 by ex-wife (still in force)
  • Other convictions: housing code violations in 2002 and 2004 (slumlord)
  • Also under police warning against trespassing on his ex-wife’s property since 19 July 2011

Foster, Brian Scott

  • Caucasian Male, brown hair, hazel eyes, 6’2″, 175 lbs.
  • Born 1991
  • Resides in Allegan County (Cheshire Twp)
  • Charged 22 Sept 2011 with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count each of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and aggravated domestic violence
  • Victims: 2 women (beaten) and 2 children (death threats)
  • Convicted (by plea bargain) 02 December 2011 of Assault with Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault)
  • Sentenced to 3 years probation (maximum sentence, release by 02 December 2014)
  • Media coverage: mLive article | WOOD-TV8 article | MDOC record

Frost, Craig Allen

  • Caucasian Male, brown hair, blue eyes, 6’0″, 166 lbs.
  • Born 22 July 1981
  • Resides in Allegan County (homeless)
  • Convicted (verified by mLive and WOOD-TV8)
  • Currently serving 41-year sentence in Oaks Correctional Facility on a separate assault charge (sentenced 03 January 2012)
  • Other convictions: vehicular homicide, marijuana use, assault/battery, maliscious destruction of property, home invasion, parole absconding
  • Additional media coverage: WOOD-TV8 interview | 2010 Dog-Killing Case | MDOC record

Haan, Kevin (Allegan County Sheriff’s Deputy, 1990-2008)


Josten, John  (Bloomingdale Police Chief, 1994-2009)

  • Caucasian Male,
  • Resides in Allegan County (Otsego)
  • Plead guilty to DV on 13 June 2009 (with special privilege of expungement following 1 year probation)
  • Convict had been a police officer since 1993
  • Victim: wife Jodi Josten (Allegan County Sheriff’s Deputy)
  • Terminated from Police Chief position in September 2009
  • Sentence: probation, remedial requirements
  • Previously convicted of assault in 1978
  • Currently deceased (cancer, d. 01 March 2010)
  • Media coverage: mLive article | WWMT-TV3 articleWOOD-TV8 article | Behind the Blue Wall post

Elvin Kizziar DV CONVICTKizziar, Elvin W.

  • Born 1976
  • Residence: Allegan County (Plainwell)
  • Present Location: Barry County Jail (awaiting trial)
  • Convicted of Domestic Violence in Allegan County
  • Other convictions: Retail fraud, Resisting arrest, Assaulting a police officer, DWLS, DWLS causing death
  • Media coverage: FOX 17 story (27 DEC 2012) FOX 17 story (28 DEC 2012) | mLive article

Lathrop, Scott & Lori

  • Caucasian couple
  • Age
  • Reside in Allegan County
  • Scott convicted of assault with intent to do great bodily harm (sentenced to 23 months – 10 years in prison)
  • Lori convicted of accessory after the fact (sentenced to 6 months in jail)
  • Victim: Lori’s brother’s wife’s ex-husband Troy Tyo (age 36), murdered [see Thompson, Kristofer & Dena on this page]
  • Previous record: Scott – 1991 shoplifting conviction
  • Media coverage: mLive article

Thompson, Kristofer & Dena “Winky”

  • Caucasian couple
  • Age: Kristofer 32, Dena 42
  • Reside in prison (life term)
  • Kristofer convicted of 1st degree murder October 2008
  • Dena convicted of 1st degree murder 23 June 2008
  • Victim: wife’s ex-husband Troy Tyo (age 36), murdered 06 December 2007
  • Motive: to gain custody of Dena and Troy’s daughters (Brittany, then age 10; Allie, then age 6)
  • Sentenced to life without parole on 31 October 2008
  • Media coverage: mLive article (timeline) | mLive article (Dena conviction) | mLive article (motive) | WKZO article (appeal rejected) | mLive article (investigation)

Witt, Jeffery Robert

  • CASE PENDING
  • Caucasian Male, grey hair
  • Age: 45 (born 1966)
  • Residence: 223 W. Grant St., Plainwell (Allegan County)
  • Victim: 38 year-old live-in girlfriend Amy Nicole (Kortokrax) Hartman (strangled to death on 11 April 2012); born 19 April 1973.
  • Charged with murder 1 (faces life in prison); preliminary exam is set for 24 April 2012 at 9am in 57th District Court
  • Media coverage: WOOD-TV8 story | Amy’s facebook | Jeffery’s facebook
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