'America's Got Talent' Finalist Arrested By LAPD

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'America's Got Talent' Finalist Arrested By LAPD


Just a week ago, Michael Ketterer was competing for a million dollar prize and performing for millions of people on one of the world's biggest stages.

All he had to worry about was impressing the panel of judges, including Simon Cowell, who gave him the coveted Golden Buzzer during his impressive audition.

Now, the America's Got Talent contestant, who placed fifth on Season 13 of the show, is in trouble with the law as he was recently arrested by the Los Angeles police, according to TMZ.

The celebrity news website reported that the singer got into an altercation with his wife and when police arrived at their hotel room, they noticed she had a "visible red mark."

He was taken into custody and booked for felony domestic violence, but a law enforcement source has told TMZ that the charges will eventually be reduced to a misdemeanor as the injury he caused was minor.

Ketterer has since been released on a $50,000 bail, and spoke to TMZ to clear up any speculation.

He confirmed that he and his wife did get into a fight, but insisted that the arrest was a "misunderstanding." According to his explanation, his spouse told police that she did not want to press charges, but they arrested him anyway because "the law's the law."

Ketterer, a pediatric mental health care nurse, father of six (he adopted five children from foster care), and worship leader, was one of the favorites to win this season of AGT.

Not only did he touch hearts with his voice, the story of how he nearly lost his wife and daughter during child birth brought so many people, including Cowell, to tears.

He also made headlines when country superstar Garth Brooks wrote a song for him after Cowell requested it. The "Friends in Low Places" singer then invited Ketterer to sing at his October 20th show in Notre Dame, Indiana.

At this time it's unclear what consequences Ketterer will face, but his case will reportedly be referred to the L.A. City Attorney.

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