Nate Burrell, the star of the A&E docuseries 60 Days In, was charged with rape and multiple counts of assault just days before he committed suicide over the weekend, court documents have revealed.
The former Marine, 33, fatally shot himself ‘in public’ in downtown Allegan on Saturday night, his sister Chelsey Walker first revealed to TMZ.
Hours before, Burrell had posted what appeared to be suicide note to Facebook, writing in the 3000-word post that ‘he ‘can’t keep going on’ and alluded to troubled relations with his estranged wife, with whom he was expecting a child.
However, Michigan court records obtained by People revealed he had been charged with five felony counts - including criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder – just days earlier on October 22.
Burrell was scheduled to be arraigned in court on November 9, nine days after his death.
‘This isn’t an admission of guilt,’ he began his Facebook post on October 31. ‘I’m just tired, I’ve been through so much in my life, the pain of my situation now hurts more than I ever imagined. I can’t keep going on.
‘I want to apologize to my family and friends for failing you. I know alot of you will think you could have changed my mind I ensure you, you wouldn't. This isn't a spontaneous thing.’
The former Marine, 33, fatally shot himself ‘in public’ in downtown Allegan on Saturday night, days after being charged with five felonies, including criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder
Hours prior, Burrell had posted a lengthy message on Facebook writing that 'this is not an admission of guilt'
The reality TV star, who had just turned 33, had recently split from his wife, according to Walker.
In his Facebook message, he spoke directly to his estranged partner - referred to only as Jordan - and an apparent custody battle over their unborn child.
‘I can only imagine how bad this would all turn out, all of the legal crap that would ensue after this with custody and everything else,’ Burrell wrote. ‘You win! You have promised for weeks, you will ruin my life and I had no idea who I was messing with. You are right, I didn’t know who I was messing with.’
He continued by thanking family and friends for giving him ‘so much support through this,’ insisting he was grateful for everything they had done.
‘But we all have our day, our time to go, most feel like we shouldn’t decide that but I’m here to tell you I’ve made that decision and as hard as it was I am happy with my decision. I’m done fighting the demons of my past, I’m done fighting the demons of today, and the demons of tomorrow.
‘For those who are mourning know I'm in such a better place. I'm no longer fighting the battles that have been causing so much pain in my mind and life. Waking up feeling worthless, lost,