2017-05-18 / Court News

34th Circuit Court

Judge Robert W. Bennett presided in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, April 11:

Natalie K. Thompson, 56, Merritt, was sentenced on a charge of impaired driving, third offense, to six months in jail (credit for two days), 12 months probation and a total of $1,358 in court assessments. Jail time will be held in abeyance pending successful completion of a Sobriety Court treatment program.

Amber R. McDowell, 34 Flint, pleaded no contest to a charge of false pretenses between $1,000 and $20,000 and was scheduled to be sentenced May 9. Dismissed was a charge of larceny by conversion over $1,000 and a habitual offender charge.

Duane S. Hall Jr., 27, St. Helen, pleaded no contest to charges of domestic violence and interfering with electronic communications and was scheduled to be sentenced May 23. Dismissed was a charge of assault by strangulation.

Thomas J. Cochran, 17, Roscommon, pleaded guilty to two counts of probation violation (two others were dismissed) and he was sentenced to 30 days in jail (credit for one day) with seven days to be served immediately and the balance of jail time held in abeyance. He is to continue on Holmes Youthful Trainee Act status. The court had no objection to work release or serving on weekends. The probation stemmed from a conviction on a charge of larceny in a building.

Daniel C. Tuchel, 49, Houghton Lake, charged with impaired driving, pleaded guilty at a show cause hearing to a violation of bond conditions and was sentenced to two days in jail (no credit) and $150 in court assessments.

Teri R. Jackson, 56, Detroit, was sentenced on a charge of furnishing a cellphone in jail to a one-year delay of sentence, 12 months probation and a total of $558 in court assessments.

James A. Pitawanakwat, 45, Mt. Pleasant, was sentenced on a charge of impaired driving, third offense, to 12 months in jail (credit for 118 days), 24 months probation and a total of $1,298 in court assessments. The defendant may, after serving nine months, be released directly to an in-house treatment program. He was also sentenced on a charge of absconding or forfeiting bond to serve 10 months in jail (credit for 51 days), to be served concurrently, and a total of $398 in court assessments.

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