2018-01-11 / Court News

34th Circuit Court

Judge Robert W. Bennett

Judge Robert W. Bennett presided in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, Nov. 27, 2017:

James W. Thomas Jr., 56, Hough­ton Lake, pleaded guilty to aggravated stalking (a habitual offender charge was dismissed) and he was scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 8.

Troy C. Schwartz, 41, Houghton Lake, after being taken into custody Nov. 26, 2017, made payment arrangements at an arraignment regarding a bench war­rant for failure to appear for a show cause hearing. No future action will be taken if the defendant makes monthly payments. Probation stemmed from con­victions on two larceny charges.

Judge Bennett was scheduled to hear the following cases Dec. 5, 2017, but be­cause of a power outage that day, the cases were heard at later dates:

Tyler M. Brigham, 24, Grayling, charged with third degree criminal sexu­al conduct, declined a plea offer Dec. 14, 2017, and the parties were to proceed, with a jury trial scheduled for Jan. 11.

Alexis G. Owens, 21, Houghton Lake, charged with assault of a prison employee, was scheduled Dec. 14, 2017, for a final plea cutoff and final pretrial hearing Jan. 23 and a jury trial March 8.

Alexander C. Burgess, 22, Houghton Lake, was rescheduled Dec. 14, 2017, for a probation violation hearing for Jan. 9. Probation stemmed from a conviction on a charge of resisting and obstructing police.

Sarah E. Grimm, 30, Roscommon, pleaded guilty pleaded guilty Dec. 14, 2017, to one count of probation viola­tion (two others were dismissed) and she was scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 23. Probation stemmed from a conviction of a charge of resisting and obstructing police.

Chad J. Quick, 39, Houghton Lake, was sentenced Dec. 14, 2017, to two to five years in prison (credit for 443 days). He is not eligible for Special Alternative Incarceration. He had pleaded guilty Oct. 18, 2016, to assault by strangulation.

Marlyn J. French, 58, Roscommon, was sentenced Dec. 14, 2017, to five months in jail (credit for five days), 18 months probation and a total of $498 in court assessments. She had pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex of­fender.

Mbonisi M. Williams, 20, Lansing, charged with delivery of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance and de­livery/ ymanufacture of marijuana, was scheduled Dec. 14, 2017, for a final pre­trial hearing Jan. 9.

Christopher M. Agbay, 30, Roscom­mon, pleaded guilty Dec. 14, 2017, to one count of first degree criminal sexual conduct (person under 13), one count of first degree criminal sexual con­duct (relation) and one count of second degree criminal sexual conduct (per­son under 13). Dismissed were three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct (person under 13), two counts of first degree criminal sexual con­duct (relation) and one count of second degree criminal sexual conduct (rela­tion). He was scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 23.

Kenneth M. Straight, 41, Houghton Lake, at a pretrial hearing Dec. 14, 2017, was ready for trial. A final pretrial hear­ing and final plea cutoff were scheduled for Feb. 20 and a jury trial was scheduled for March 8. He is charged with fourth degree criminal sexual conduct (force/ coerce).

Thomas W. Ross, 59, Lansing, was to appear Dec. 14, 2017, for a final pretrial hearing on several charges, but it was adjourned (postponed) to Jan. 23. He is charged with driving while intoxicated, third offense, driving without insurance, altering or forging documents, driving with a suspended license, transporting alcohol in an open container, unlaw­ful use of a license plate, larceny in a build­ing and absconding/ forfeiting bond.

Jody J. Kowalski, 36, Prudenville, on probation for larceny between $1,000 and $20,000 and first degree retail fraud, had a probation violation hearing ad­journed (postponed) to Jan. 9 by way of an order of the judge Dec. 14, 2017.

Dash D.D. Dudley, 32, Lansing, charged with resisting and obstruct­ing conservation officers, assault by stran­gulation and lying to a peace of­ficer, pleaded no contest Dec. 14, 2017, to re­sisting and obstruct­ing conservation of­ficers, as amended. The other charges were dismissed. He was scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 23.

Gregory O. Hess, 24, Houghton Lake, charged with larceny in a building, was to appear for a final pretrial hear­ing Dec. 14, 2017, but it was adjourned (postponed) to Jan. 23.

Bonnie J. Soltis, 18, Prudenville, was scheduled at a Dec. 14, 2017, pretrial hearing for a final pretrial hearing and final plea cutoff March 6 and a jury trial April 12. She is charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and manufacture/distribution of an imi­tation controlled substance.

Richard A. Flicker, 51, Roscommon, was sentenced Dec. 14, 2017, to six months in jail (credit for one day), with 30 days to be served immediately and the balance held in abeyance, 18 months probation, a total of $958 in court assess­ments and $3,651.85 in restitution. He had pleaded guilty to impaired driving, third offense.

Martha J. Wellwood, 42, Prudenville, at a Dec. 7, 2017, arraignment regarding a bench warrant for failure to appear for a show cause hearing, updated her ad­dress and made arrangements to make monthly payments, and the bench war­rant was recalled. Probation stemmed from a 2005 conviction on a larceny charge.

Tara A. Henderson, 21, Grayling, declined a plea offer Dec. 14, 2017, on a charge of embezzlement by an agent between $1,000 and $20,000 and was scheduled for a miscellaneous hearing Jan. 23.

Christopher Edwards, 51, Roscom­mon, pleaded guilty Dec. 14, 2017, to two counts of possession of child sexually abusive material and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. Dismissed were five counts of posses­sion of child sexually abusive material. He was scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 23.

Linda S. Prelop, 54, St. Helen, made a payment Dec. 14, 2017, and was or­dered to make monthly payments. She is on probation for embezzle­ment by a per­son in a relationship with a vulner­able adult.

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