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August 12, 2016 

Former Oneida Township Clerk Sent to Prison for Embezzlement by a Public Official, Check Fraud and Credit Card Fraud

July 26, 2016 

Eaton County Prosecutors Recognized for Legal Excellence

July 25, 2016 

Two Arraigned on Murder of Delta Township Resident

July 21, 2016 

Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd Re-Appointed to State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee

June 20, 2016 

Former Oneida Township Clerk Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement by a Public Official, Check Fraud and Credit Card Fraud

May 5, 2016

Former Eaton County Sheriff's Corrections Officer Sentenced for Embezzlement from Inmates

April 14, 2016

Former Oneida Township Clerk Charged with Embezzlement by a Public Official, Check Fraud and Credit Card Fraud

Dec. 04, 2015 

Charlotte Man Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Historical War Artifacts from Courthouse Square Museum

Nov. 17, 2015 

Christopher Perrien Convictions Affirmed for Double Murder and other crimes

June 17, 2015 

Deven Guilford News Release follow-up: Photos of Sgt. Jonathan Frost's injuries

June 16, 2015 

Deven Guilford News Release: No Charges Issued Against ECSD Sergeant in Shooting Death of Deven Guilford (jump to article for link to Mr. Lloyd's 19-page report)

May 12, 2015 

Matthew Lundy News Release (summary below)
Matthew Lundy - No Charges Will Be Issued Against Eaton County Sheriff's Deputies (9-page press release)

February 11, 2015  Antroy Nathan Convicted by Circuit Court Jury of Contractor Fraud Charges
January 20, 2015 Grand Ledge Mother Sentenced to 25-50 Years Prison for Second Degree Murder in High Speed, Intoxicated, Distracted Driving Crash; 4-Year old Daughter Killed
January 14, 2015 Detroit-area Fraudulent Insurance Rep Pleads to his Charges
February 26, 2014 Vercruysse First-Degree Murder Conviction Affirmed
December 16, 2013 Canine "Reagan" Welcomed as a Victim Advocate
November 19, 2013 Charges Issued in September 2013 Vehicle-Motorcycle Crash in Grand Ledge
June 3, 2013 Doug R. Lloyd Named Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney
June 4, 2012 Grand Ledge Teacher Charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct
May 31, 2012 Grand Ledge Man Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder
December 12, 2011 Physician Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct

October 21, 2011

Former Eaton County District Court Employee Found Guilty For Embezzlement

July 18, 2011

 Charges Issued In Disappearance of 83 Year Old Midland Man
April 28, 2011  Lansing Man Charged in Fatal Rollover Crash
April 19,2011  Court Employee Charged in Court Embezzlement
September 16, 2010  Potterville Man Charged In Death Of Motorcyclist 
April 21, 2010   Second Degree Murder Charged in Automobile Crash  
Jan 14, 2010   Another Recent Parolee Charged in B&E, Rifle Theft
Jan 13, 2010   Recent Parolee Charged in Home Invasion, Gun Thefts
Sep 14, 2009   Shooting of Off-Duty LPD Officer Remains Under Investigation
Apr 21, 2009   Eaton County Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Victims of Crime Act
Oct 23, 2008   Herp Sentenced in Potterville Assault / Unlawful Imprisonment
Oct 03, 2008   Two Charlotte Teenagers Charged in a Series of Breaking and Enterings
July 23, 2008   Court of Appeals Affirmed Ex-ECSD Sgt. Jeff Lutz's Convictions
May 02, 2008   Dunham Sentenced to 34-60 Yrs for 2nd Degree Murder in Double-Fatal Crash
Apr 03, 2008   Jury Verdict in Dunham Double-Fatal Crash: Second Degree Murder
Feb 26, 2008   Charges Issued in Potterville Assault
Feb 25, 2008   Prosecutors' Association Recognizes Sr. APA For Years of Service
Jan 26, 2008   Ingham-Clinton-Eaton Prosecuting Attorneys Agree to Regionalize Welfare Fraud Enforcement


August 12, 2016 

Former Oneida Township Clerk Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison
for Embezzlement by a Public Official, Check Fraud and Credit Card Fraud

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Douglas R. Lloyd announced today that TREVOR MATTHEW ROBINSON, age 40, of Grand Ledge, MI, a former Oneida Township Clerk, was sentenced to state prison this morning by Circuit Judge Amy L. McDowell for embezzling township funds between mid-September 2015 and mid-January 2016.

Trevor M. Robinson 20160413Robinson pled guilty on June 20, 2016 to 10 felonies committed in Eaton County. He was sentenced today to 3 to 10 years in prison for one count of Embezzlement by a Public Official Over $50.00, 3 to 14 years in prison for four counts of Uttering & Publishing, and 18 months to 4 years in prison for five counts of Unauthorized Financial Transaction Device Use. Robinson was also ordered to repay Oneida Township $37,019.05 in restitution. As a result of his convictions, Ingham and Clinton Counties agreed to not prosecute Robinson for related check and credit card fraud acts using Oneida Township checks and credit cards because restitution for their crimes were included in the Eaton County sentence. The US Attorney also agreed to not prosecute Robinson for possible federal bankruptcy fraud.

Oneida Township Treasurer Richard Palermo told Judge McDowell that his Township has prided itself on being an open, trusted community government, but Robinson's greed has marred its reputation and created a cloud of mistrust that will take years to go away. Mr. Palermo called Robinson's use of township checks and a credit card -- funded by public tax money -- for his personal gratification "deplorable".

Prosecutor Lloyd handled this case personally, and argued for a prison sentence for Robinson. He noted that Robinson was a lifelong resident of the Grand Ledge area, and "was given a gift after screwing up his law career" when he was trusted to fill a vacant elected Township position after his law license was suspended by the State Bar of Michigan. Almost immediately, Robinson began using Township checks and a credit card to buy personal items like cigarettes, food, dog grooming, a fitness club membership, etc. in the tri-county area. Prosecutor Lloyd rejected Robinson's claim that he did this because of a substance abuse issue. "They were done for pleasure", Lloyd said. Robinson was jailed for about a month after his arrest, but was released to complete a month-long in-patient program for addiction to heroin. Shortly after he was released, Robinson tested positive for an opiate drug. Robinson claimed this was due to taking V icodin from his leftover 2014 prescription. Prosecutor Lloyd saw this as a pattern of Robinson “living above the law, and feeling entitled to do what he wants to do.” Prosecutor Lloyd also lamented the cloud now hanging over the Township offices.

In her remarks to Robinson, Judge McDowell was "amazed" that Robinson was asking for no additional incarceration beyond his initial 34 days in jail. She notes that he abused his status and committed crimes against the public trust. For a variety of reasons -- primarily the enormous number of criminal acts that were committed here and others that will not be prosecuted -- Judge McDowell sentenced Robinson above the felony sentencing guidelines range, but will approve him entering the MDOC boot camp program after serving 2 years in prison.

Prosecutor Lloyd thanked the Eaton County Sheriff's Department, along with the assistance of the Oneida Twp. treasurer's office, Dart Bank, and the Maner Costerisan CPA firm, for their work on this case.

Robinson also has a misdemeanor prosecution pending in the Eaton County District Court, where he is charged with Larceny by False Pretenses $200-$999 (a 1 year and/or $2,000 fine misdemeanor) and Practicing Law Without a License (a 90-day and/or $500 misdemeanor). A bench trial is scheduled for September 21, 2016. Robinson's license to practice law in Michigan has been suspended since April 29, 2015.

Robinson is represented on both cases by attorney Lucas X. Dillon, Sr., of Lansing. Barry County Circuit Court Judge McDowell presided by appointment as a visiting judge in Robinson’s case because of his previous work as a court-appointed attorney in Eaton County.


June 25, 2016 

Eaton County Prosecutors Recognized for Legal Excellence

Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School recently honored Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd and Senior Assistant Prosecutor Brent Morton with its 2016 Distinguished Brief Award.

The award honors the top three scholarly legal briefs filed before the Michigan Supreme Court. In its 31st year, the award recognizes the work of appellate attorneys. The winning briefs are published in the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law Review as examples of quality legal writing.

This award acknowledges the hard work in the pending Eaton County case of People v Ernesto Uribe, involving the crime of criminal sexual conduct. In that case, Eaton County Prosecutors argued that the jury should be allowed to hear the testimony of a relevant witness. Ultimately, the Michigan Supreme Court agreed, ordering that the witness be permitted to testify. Since the case is ongoing, Ernesto Uribe is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“This award only confirms what I have known – that our county has the benefit of great legal minds fighting for them,” said Lloyd. “It is a great honor that is well-deserved by our hard-working assistant prosecutors.”

Morton, the primary author, is a 2003 magna cum laude graduate of Michigan State University's Detroit College of Law. He has been a prosecutor for 10 years and advocates on behalf of victims before the state’s highest courts.

Lloyd has served as Eaton County prosecutor since 2013 and previously was chief assistant prosecuting attorney.


June 25, 2016 

Two Arraigned on Murder of Delta Township Resident

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Douglas R. Lloyd announced that DYMOND LEANA SQUIRES, age 25, of Lansing, and ANDREW MACK JOHNSON, JR., age 26, of Lansing and recently of Las Vegas, NV, were arraigned on July 25, 2016 for Felony Murder and Safebreaking. Felony Murder is a murder that is committed in the commission of a felony, and is punishable by imprisonment for Life without the possibility of parole. Safebreakng is a felony, punishable by Life or any term of years.

On the night of July 4 to July 5, 2016, an Oakcrest Drive resident, John R. Abraham, Sr., age 78, was killed by blunt and sharp force injuries to his head and neck. Police discovered an empty home safe with signs of forcible entry. Large amounts of cash were believed to have been stolen. One of the defendants had a connection to Mr. Abraham, and the crime was targeted on his house and the prospects of stealing money.

Squires and Johnson were arraigned before Eaton County District Judge Julie Reincke. Both were ordered held on $10,000,000 bond, as requested by Mr. Lloyd due to the risk of flight in the face of sentence for Life without parole. A preliminary case conference was scheduled for Monday, August 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm, and a probable cause hearing was scheduled for Monday, August 8, 2016 at 2:30 pm, both before Judge Reincke.

Attorney Matthew R. Newburg, of Grand Ledge, was appointed by the court to represent Ms. Squires. Attorney Daniel A. Pawluk, of Delta Township, was appointed to represent Mr. Johnson.

Mr. Lloyd thanked the Eaton County Sheriff's Department, especially its detective unit, for its tireless work since July 5th, as well as assisting police agencies such as the Lansing Police Department, Michigan State Police Crime Lab, and the START Team.


June 20, 2016 

Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd Re-Appointed to State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Douglas R. Lloyd announced today that he has been re-appointed by the Michigan Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House to serve on the State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee. Prosecutor Lloyd's appointment is for a 4-year term, expiring on September 18, 2020.

The State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee has 18 members, including judges, court administrators, a prosecutor, a law enforcement officer, a probation officer, a victim advocate, a drug treatment professional, a defense attorney, and people who have successfully completed drug court treatment programs. The advisory committee meets at least quarterly to monitor the effectiveness of drug treatment courts and veterans treatment courts throughout Michigan, as well as the availability of funding for those courts. It releases an annual report, recommending proposed statutory changes for drug treatment courts and veterans treatment courts to the Legislature and the Supreme Court.

Mr. Lloyd said, "I am honored by Senator Arlan Meekhof's Representative Kevin Cotter's re-appointment. I look forward to continuing to represent Eaton County, as well as other prosecutors, on the State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee. Eaton County was among the first in Michigan to implement drug- and alcohol-treatment courts, and my office has supported efforts to focus on trying to treat defendants who commit crimes due to their addictions."

In 2015, Eaton County was well-represented on the advisory committee. Eaton County Prosecutor Lloyd served as the prosecutors' representative. Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich served as its law enforcement representative. And District Court Judge Harvey Hoffman served as one of the judges on the committee.


June 20, 2016 

Former Oneida Township Clerk Pleads Guilty to
Embezzlement by a Public Official, Check Fraud and Credit Card Fraud

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Douglas R. Lloyd announced today that a former Oneida Township Clerk pled guilty in Circuit Court to embezzling township funds between mid-September 2015 and mid-January 2016. The presiding judge is Barry County Circuit Court Judge Amy L. McDowell, who was appointed as a visiting judge in Robinson’s case.

Trevor M. Robinson 20160413TREVOR M. ROBINSON, age 40, of Grand Ledge, MI, pled guilty to 10 felonies committed in Eaton County: one count of Embezzlement by a Public Official Over $50.00 (a felony carrying up to 10 years in prison or a $5,000 fine), four counts of Uttering & Publishing (a felony carrying up to 14 years in prison), and five counts of Unauthorized Financial Transaction Device Use (a felony carrying up to 4 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine). Robinson agreed to pay approximately $37,000 in restitution for related acts in Eaton, Ingham and Clinton Counties, and reimbursement to Oneida Township for investigation expenses.

Robinson has been in jail or in-patient rehabilitation since his arraignment on April 14, 2016. A sentencing date has not yet been set by the Circuit Court.

Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd said regarding Robinson’s thefts: "Stealing from a township's general fund is a betrayal of the board that appointed that official, as well as the community who trusted him to act with integrity. The idea that an official would use a position of trust – including township checks and a credit card – as a personal money tree is deplorable. Whether done in large checks or small card swipes, it will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible."

Prosecutor Lloyd offered no charge or sentencing agreement. Instead, Robinson’s guilty plea was premised on promises by other prosecutors and the judge. Ingham and Clinton County prosecutors will not prosecute Robinson in their counties for related check and credit card fraud acts using Oneida Township checks and credit cards, and the US Attorney will not prosecute him for possible federal bankruptcy fraud. Judge McDowell agreed that if Robinson pled to all counts she would release Robinson from jail on a $150,000 personal recognizance bond with a GPS tether, and conditions of a 7pm-7am curfew, no use of alcohol or controlled substances, random drug/alcohol testing 4 times / week, AA/NA 4 time / week, a prohibition from contact within 500 feet of Oneida Township officials, and Robinson must submit at least 10 employment applications per week.

In his plea, Robinson admitted that beginning in mid-September 2015, a month after he was appointed as the Oneida Township clerk, he stole township money by cashing Township checks made out to himself without authorization and to using a Township credit card for his own benefit, not for legitimate Township needs.

Robinson also has a misdemeanor prosecution pending in the Eaton County District Court, where he is charged with Larceny by False Pretenses $200-$999 (a 1 year and/or $2,000 fine misdemeanor) and Practicing Law Without a License (a 90-day and/or $500 misdemeanor). A pretrial conference is scheduled for June 23, 2016. Robinson's license to practice law in Michigan has been suspended since April 29, 2015.

Robinson is represented on both cases by attorney Lucas X. Dillon, Sr., of Lansing.


May 5, 2016 

Former Eaton County Sheriff's Corrections Officer Sentenced for Embezzlement from Inmates

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Douglas R. Lloyd announced today that this morning, Eaton County Circuit Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced ALLAN CHRISTOPHER COKER, age 43, for Embezzlement by a Public Official Over $50 between 2012 and January 2016. Embezzlement by a Public Official Over $50 is a felony, carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years or $5,000 fine.

Judge Cunningham sentenced Coker to 30 days in jail as a condition of 2 years of probation, and 100 hours of community service. Coker was ordered to not possess and badges or perform law enforcement work. Restitution was ordered in the amount of $87. On March 18, 2016, Coker pled guilty as charged with a sentencing agreement that he serve a minimum of 30 days’ jail as a condition of probation, pay restitution of at least $87 (the only confirmed thefts as of that date), and surrender his State of Michigan corrections officer certificate.

Coker was an Eaton County Sheriff's corrections officer, who took small amounts from inmates' personal property during the booking process. The first inmate complaint was received in mid-2015. In early January 2016, a corrections Sergeant noticed Coker counting a recently lodged defendant's cash, and found that no money had been logged into the inmate's personal effects or as evidence. Coker admitted to investigators that he had done this on many occasions since 2012.

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Douglas Lloyd stated, “This is an important case for everyone connected to the criminal justice system, particularly our sheriff's department and its corrections officers. The public relies on each of them to safe-keep inmates' personnel effects, especially their money. What Allan Coker did could have rocked a foundation of trust needed in order for corrections officers to control the jail population. The department's discovery of these thefts, and our prosecution of this corrupt behavior, will help to restore some of that trust.”

Mr. Lloyd thanked investigators from the Michigan Sheriff's Association, particularly Van Buren County D/Lt. Mark McCulfor and Kent County Sgt. Ray Seaman, as well as Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich and his corrections staff for their assistance in the case’s investigation.


April 14, 2016 

Former Oneida Township Clerk Charged with Embezzlement by a Public Official, Check Fraud and Credit Card Fraud

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Douglas R. Lloyd announced today that he has authorized charges against a former Oneida Township Clerk for embezzling township funds between mid-September 2015 and mid-January 2016.

Trevor M. Robinson 20160413TREVOR M. ROBINSON, age 40, of Grand Ledge, MI, has been charged with 10 felonies: one count of Embezzlement by a Public Official Over $50.00, four counts of Uttering & Publishing, and five counts of Unauthorized Financial Transaction Device Use. The investigation uncovered dozens of alleged acts occurring throughout the tri-county area beginning in mid-September 2015, a month after Robinson was appointed as the Oneida Township clerk. The current charges pertain only to acts occurring in Eaton County.

"Stealing from a township's general fund is a betrayal of the board that appointed that official, as well as the community who trusted him to act with integrity," said Prosecutor Douglas Lloyd. "The idea that an official would use a position of trust – including township checks and a credit card --- as a personal money tree is deplorable. Whether done in large checks or small card swipes, it will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible."

The criminal investigation was handled by the Eaton County Sheriff's Department, with the assistance of the Oneida Twp. treasurer's office, Dart Bank, and Maner Costerisan CPAs.

Mr. Robinson was arraigned this morning by Eaton County Judge Harvey Hoffman, who set bail at $200,000. A preliminary examination is scheduled for April 29, 2016 before Judge Julie Reincke. According to court officials, Robinson will be represented by attorney John Deming of Grand Ledge, MI.

Robinson also has a misdemeanor prosecution pending in the Eaton County District Court, where he is charged with Larceny by False Pretenses $200-$999 (a 1 year and/or $2,000 fine misdemeanor) and Practicing Law Without a License (a 90-day and/or $500 misdemeanor). In that case he is represented by attorney Amanda Love of Lansing, MI. A pretrial conference is scheduled for May 2, 2016. Robinson's license to practice law in Michigan has been suspended since April 29, 2015.


December 4, 2015 

Charlotte Man Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Historical War Artifacts from Courthouse Square Museum

Douglas R. Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, announced today, that on December 3, 2015, Circuit Court Judge Janice K. Cunningham sentenced ADAM MICHAEL KIRCHEN, age 33, of Charlotte, to 46 months to 15 years in prison on two counts of Larceny in a Building and Habitual Fourth Offense Notice for stealing precious World War II memorabilia from the Courthouse Square Museum in Charlotte, in May and early June 2015. Judge Cunningham ordered that this sentence will be served consecutively to (i.e., after the completion of) Mr. Kirchen’s recent sentence he was given in Saginaw County.

Mr. Kirchen pled guilty as charged without a plea or sentencing agreement from the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office on October 16, 2015. Kirchen was sentenced earlier this month in Saginaw County for unarmed robbery and Habitual Offender-Fourth Offense notice for similar actions at the Frankenmuth Historical Museum less than a week before he committed the theft at the Courthouse Museum of Charlotte. Because Mr. Kirchen was on bond when he committed the Eaton County crime, he was eligible to be sentenced consecutively to the sentence he was given in Saginaw County.

Julie Kimmer, Executive Director of the Courthouse Square Museum, was present during the sentencing and addressed the court. She explained to the court that one donor of the stolen artifacts is still living and in his nineties, fought in World War II, and chose to share these historical items, which included a portion of the vertical stabilizer of a Messerschmitt 109 fighter plane marked with the swastika insignia of the German forces and scarred by a bullet hole in the middle plus a control stick out of a Junker’s fighter plane and a German dagger.

According to Eaton County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Kollette Bordeaux, who is in charge of Eaton County’s Economic Crime Unit and handled the prosecution of this case, this case was far more extreme than most larceny cases not only because of the significance of the priceless memorabilia that was stolen, but also because of the planning and pre-meditation associated with the theft. The investigation revealed Mr. Kirchen replaced the original historic pieces with counterfeit replicas. This would have taken much time and preparation by Mr. Kirchen to create in order to hide detection of his thefts.

APA Bordeaux said:

"There are a lot of victims in this case including the donors and their families, the museum staff and volunteers, numerous visitors and the community as a whole. It was very important to me that the defendant was given an additional penalty on top of what he was given in Saginaw County to send a message to Mr. Kirchen that his deplorable actions of stealing pieces of history from our community and demeaning the generous intention of the donors is a crime that should not and will not be tolerated in Eaton County. It is an abomination that items donated from war veterans, some of whom have given the ultimate sacrifice, were stolen by this defendant for his personal gain. I sincerely hope the victims have some piece of mind knowing justice has been served."

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Doug Lloyd said, "I would like to thank the Charlotte Police Department, the Courthouse Square Museum personnel, and the Economic Crime Unit for all the time and effort they put in the investigation and prosecution of this case. I am proud of the hard work of everyone involved."


November 17, 2015 

Christopher Perrien Convictions Affirmed for Double-Murder, Felony Firearm, Home Invasion and U&P

Douglas R. Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, announced today that two counts of first degree felony murder and felony firearm convictions, and home invasion first-degree and uttering & publishing convictions in a separate trial, were affirmed earlier today by the Michigan Court of Appeals against CHRISTOPHER ALLEN PERRIEN (MCoA Docket Nos. 312743 and 317405). Perrien is now serving a mandatory life prison sentence for his two murder convictions, as well as concurrent prison terms for other counts.

Perrien murdered Mike and Terri Greene in their home on W. Eaton Hwy. in Delta Twp. on September 22, 2011. Evidence linking Perrien to the murder, as well as a September 2010 home invasion in northern Delta Twp., were discovered five days later during a traffic stop on a car Perrien was driving. Data mined from a stolen GPS device found in Perrien’s car placed the same car at the Greenes' home at the time of the murders.

Prosecutor Lloyd said "I am pleased that justice for Mike and Terri Green has been affirmed, which will further protect our community from a predator like Chris Perrien and give their families some closure. I am proud of my office’s work on these cases, as well as the collective work of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police and other agencies in locating Chris Perrien so his crime spree would end, and in using innovative evidence like GPS ‘bread crumbs’ to prove who committed such a heinous act. Our community is safer with the likes of Christopher Perrien in prison for the rest of his life.”

The appellate court rejected every issue raised by the defense. Perrien claimed that the trial judge should have been recused for bias because the murders happened when Perrien was on the same judge’s court-approved work release. He claimed that the traffic stop and detention were not premised on probable cause evidence at the time. He claimed that the trial court abused its discretion in allowing the prosecutor to call as its witness Mr. Perrien’s former girlfriend who had been identified as a defense alibi witness. He claimed that search warrants were flawed by deliberately false allegations and omissions of other materials information. He claimed that the trial court erroneously denied a defense request to challenge the scientific validity of cell phone location signals. And he claimed that expert testimony on firearm identification and tool mark identification evidence was unreliable. The Court of Appeals opinion can be read at http://publicdocs.courts.mi.gov:81/opinions/final/coa/20151117_c312743_66_312743.opn.pdf.

Christopher Perrien’s Department of Corrections page is http://mdocweb.state.mi.us/OTIS2/otis2profile.aspx?mdocNumber=392603.


 

June 17, 2015 

Sgt. Jonathan Frost Injury Photos from Shooting Death Incident Involving Deven Guilford

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Douglas R. Lloyd is releasing photos of the head and facial injuries sustained by Eaton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jonathan Frost in the February 28, 2015 incident with Deven Guilford. These photos had not been released as part of Prosecutor Lloyd’s June 16, 2015 press conference Powerpoint presentation. Following the press conference, questions have been presented to Mr. Lloyd’s office about Sgt. Frost’s injuries, which were explained in this office’s 19-page report yesterday.

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June 16, 2015

No Charges Issued Against ECSD Sergeant in Shooting Death of Deven Guilford

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Douglas R. Lloyd announced this morning that charges will not be issued against Eaton County Sheriff's Sgt. Jonathan Frost, who fatally shot Deven Lee Guilford, age 17, of Mulliken, MI on February 28, 2015 on M43 between Grand Ledge and Mulliken. Sgt. Frost discharged his service handgun seven times. A detailed summary of the Michigan State Police Department investigation, and Prosecutor Lloyd's legal conclusions, are summarized in a 19-page press release, which can be downloaded at http://www.eatoncounty.org/images/Departments/Prosecuting Attorney/Press_Releases/Guilford_Press_Release.pdf (updated on 06/17/2015). Mr. Lloyd determined that Sgt. Frost acted in a reasonable and honest belief that he was in danger of serious injury, or even being killed, by Mr. Guilford, and shot in justifiable self-defense under Michigan law. Deven Guilford had been stopped for a civil infraction violation (flashing his high beams at the sheriff's department SUV). Deven believed that Sgt. Frost had his high beams on. Prosecutor Lloyd noted in his release that the motor vehicle code (MCL 257.700(a)) prohibits anyone from using high beams within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle. Deven protested throughout the stop that Sgt. Frost had his high beams on. Deven did not cooperate or comply with Sgt. Frost's eight requests for a driver's license and vehicle paperwork. At one point Deven said he had his license and would not show it, claiming that Sgt. Frost did not have the right to see it. After several minutes, Sgt. Frost decided to arrest Deven for No License in Possession, a 90-day misdemeanor violation of the motor vehicle code. Deven physically and verbally resisted and opposed Sgt. Frost's attempts to pull him from the car. Eventually, at taser-point, Deven got out of the car. When Deven physically resisted being handcuffed, Sgt. Frost shot his taser at Deven, but it did not connect as needed for the taser to briefly immobilize Deven. Instead, Deven got to his feet and charged at Sgt. Frost. During a 10-15 second physical struggle on a snow-covered roadside culvert, Deven repeatedly punched Sgt. Frost in the face. Sgt. Frost reported that he was losing consciousness, and shot at Deven seven times in less than five seconds because he feared that Deven would inflict serious injury to him, or even kill him if Deven got hold of his service firearm. Deven was shot seven times in his chest, torso, arm, wrist and head. Deven died at the scene.


May 12, 2015

No Charges Issued Against ECSD Deputies in Shooting Death of Matthew Lundy

NEWS RELEASE: Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Douglas R. Lloyd announced this afternoon that charges will not be issued against Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies involved in the February 17, 2015 fatal shooting of Matthew Lundy on S. Canfield Rd., outside of Eaton Rapids. Deputies Tad Schwartz and Theresa VanDorpe discharged firearms in the incident. A detailed summary of the Michigan State Police Department investigation, and his legal conclusions, are summarized in Mr. Lloyd’s nine-page press release, which can be downloaded at http://www.eatoncounty.org/images/Departments/Prosecuting Attorney/Press_Releases/lundy_press_release.pdf    Mr. Lloyd determined that each deputy acted in a reasonable and honest belief that they or another nearby person were in danger of being killed or seriously injured by Mr. Lundy, and shot in justifiable self-defense or defense of others under Michigan law. Mr. Lundy had pulled a loaded handgun and pointed it at a third deputy just before Deputy Schwartz shot at Mr. Lundy. For several minutes, deputies ordered Mr. Lundy to keep his hands from the gun. After hearing a metallic ‘click’, deputies believed that Mr. Lundy was actively trying to shoot at them, and Deputy VanDorpe fired at him. The investigation revealed that Mr. Lundy’s handgun was loaded with two cartridges, both of which had marks indicating repeated efforts to fire the gun.

February 11, 2015

Antroy Nathan Convicted by Circuit Court Jury of Contractor Fraud Charges

Doug Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, announced today that, yesterday afternoon, an Eaton County circuit court jury convicted ANTROY DEON NATHAN, age 33, of Lansing & Battle Creek, MI, of two counts of Larceny by False Pretenses $1,000-$19,999, a felony, and two counts of Performing an Occupation Without a License, a misdemeanor carrying up to 90 days jail and/or a $500 fine. The felony conviction normally carries a maximum penalty of up to 5 years prison and/or a $10,000 fine (or 3 times the value of the property taken), but Nathan was charged as a Fourth Offender Habitual Felony, so he faces a maximum of up to Life in prison or any term of years.

Nathan was charged in two separate victims' cases that were consolidated for trial. One occurred in spring 2013, the other occurred in spring 2014. Both victim families were from the Eaton Rapids area. According to trial testimony, victims were contacted by Nathan about house repairs, including a new roof, new windows, etc. One victim was apparently targeted by Nathan, who knew them from a previous job he sold them when he worked for Hanson's Windows. Agreements were signed and substantial down payments were paid by victims. Nathan agreed to complete the work in a specified period, but did not do so. In one case, minimal initial work was done but did not satisfy the contract requirements, and was never completed. In fact, the shoddy work caused substantial damage to other parts of the home, causing the victim additional repair costs. In the other case, no work was done.

Nathan represented that he was associated with various business names, including Best for Less, Millenium Construction and Affordable Construction. He held himself and these entities out as being licensed and insured. Nathan's contract with the victim included the name and license number of a contractor who had no knowledge of or association with Nathan. Nathan was not licensed to do the work he contracted to perform, and workers brought in by the defendant were not licensed by the state.

Eaton County Sr. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kollette R. Bordeaux, who heads the office's Economic Crimes Unit, tried the case for the People. Nathan was represented by attorney Jason Ross Vanelderen, of Grand Rapids. The trial lasted two and a half days, including about eight hours of jury deliberation.

Ms. Bordeaux said, “I am very pleased with the verdict rendered in both cases because I know that the victims can finally have some peace of mind knowing that justice was served.”

Mr. Lloyd said after the verdict that he was proud of the work of Sr. APA Bordeaux, Eaton County Sheriff's Det. Troy Gardner, and the role that his office's Economic Crimes Unit has played in targeting those who prey on and dupe the public, including our elderly residents. Mr. Lloyd said that his office takes crimes like these seriously. "These cases are examples of how everyone in the community are vulnerable to smooth-talking, unscrupulous con artists, and we will prosecute wrongdoers like Antroy Nathan to the fullest extent of the law."

After the verdict, Nathan was remanded to the Eaton County jail until his sentencing on 03/19/15 before Circuit Judge Edward R. Grant, a visiting retired judge from Jackson County who presided at the trial. Nathan is facing similar charges in Clinton and Ingham Counties.

  

January 20, 2015 

Grand Ledge Mother Sentenced to 25-50 Years Prison for Second Degree Murder in High Speed, Intoxicated, Distracted Driving Crash; 4-Year old Daughter Killed

Doug Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, announced today that, this morning, Circuit Court Judge Edward R. Grant sentenced STARR LYNN KIOGIMA, age 28, of Grand Ledge, to 25-to-50 years in prison on Second Degree Murder, and a concurrent term of 10-to-15 years in prison on Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death from a two-vehicle crash on September 11, 2013 in Delta Township.

Ms. Kiogima was convicted by an Eaton County Circuit Court jury on December 4, 2014, concluding a four day trial in which 23 witnesses were called to testify. The jury deliberated for just 45 minutes before rendering its verdict.

Ms. Kiogima caused a two-vehicle crash on I-96 / I-69 at the entrance ramp from W. Saginaw Hwy. shortly after 1:30 pm as she was attempting to enter the highway. She collided with another vehicle, and her vehicle violently rolled over several times. Her daughter, Natalie McGill, age 4, was ejected, and died from her injuries.

According to Eaton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christopher N. Anderson, who was the lead trial prosecutor, uncontroverted trial evidence proved that Ms. Kiogima had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24% at the Sparrow Hospital emergency room, plus a variety of mood-affecting medications in her blood. She drove off the on-ramp to the highway and entered the travel lanes from a grass transition area somewhat perpendicular to the flow of traffic. When she collided with a vehicle driven by a Westphalia, MI couple, Ms. Kiogima was already driving about 75 mph. She also admitted to police that, seconds before the crash, she had turned to hand Natalie a package of candy in the back seat. The crash caused Kiogima’s SUV to tumble and roll almost a half dozen times, coming to rest in the I-96 center median. Natalie had been ejected, and was killed by injuries to her head. Several travelers stopped to render aid to Natalie, to no avail. Ms. Kiogima was found seat-belted in her vehicle and received minor injuries.

 Mr. Anderson said that the major issue in the trial centered on whether Natalie had been properly belted into a car seat. A defense expert witness from Pennsylvania claimed that Natalie had been belted in, but could not credibly explain how she was ejected while the car seat remained secured to the back seat. Michigan State Police Sgt. Jim Campbell, an expert in crash reconstruction and child safety seats, testified that Natalie had not been belted in at all. “The jury obviously believed our expert, that Natalie was merely sitting perched on the car seat, not restrained, or that her mother hadn’t taken a few seconds to properly strap her daughter in with the shoulder and lap harnesses, as the seat was designed,” said Anderson.

APA Chris Anderson, who was assisted in trial by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Neil F. O'Brien, said:

"This case has touched everyone, including our community. Raymond and Linda Anderson, who the defendant hit, are too afraid to put their granddaughter in their car now. Police investigators, EMTs, citizens, and ER personnel who tried in vain to help this child are still shaken by the senseless loss of an innocent child. And I think of this case, and of Natalie McGill, every time I put my son in his car seat.
"Natalie’s death was senseless. It is tragic because it came at the hands of her mother through a combination of totally preventable bad decisions: drunkenness, prescription pill abuse, speeding, inattentive driving, and failing to take a few seconds more to properly buckle her daughter in. The defendant belted herself in, as was the car seat itself, and both survived the crash. But Natalie’s safety was an afterthought.
"This case is a challenge to our community to put proper child restraint at the forefront of their parents’ driving routines and to ALWAYS buckle their children in."

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Douglas Lloyd said that he was proud of his assistant prosecutors. He thanked his office’s trial team, the Eaton County Sheriff Department deputies, detectives and investigators, particularly Detective Jim Maltby and Detective Rick Buxton, Sparrow Hospital and MSP lab workers, and MSP Sgt. Jim Campbell for their hard work and assistance throughout this trial. Mr. Lloyd said that his office takes crimes like these seriously, and will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

 Ms. Kiogima was represented at trial and sentencing by Grand Ledge attorney Matthew Newberg.


January 14, 2015 

Detroit-area Fraudulent Insurance Rep Pleads to his Charges

Doug Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, announced today that HAKEEM OLAYNIKA SANUSI, age 64, of Eastpointe, MI, pled no contest on Friday, January 9, 2015 to six (6) felony crimes involving a pattern of racketeering criminal activity centered on insurance fraud.

The crimes included Conducting a Criminal Enterprise (maximum 20 years prison), Uttering and Publishing (maximum 14 years prison), Identity Theft (maximum 5 years prison), and Possession/Sale of Stolen or Counterfeit Insurance Certificates (1 to 5 years incarceration).

Sanusi is scheduled to be sentenced on February 26, 2015 at 10 am before Eaton County Circuit Judge Jeffrey L. Sauter, and is expected to receive a sentence of up to 12 months in jail. Before entering his plea, Sanusi had been scheduled for a jury trial on the same charges on January 12, 2015. Sanusi is represented by attorney John L. Deming, or Grand Ledge, MI.

Mr. Lloyd said that the defendant falsely claimed to be a representative for an insurance agency. He offered insurance coverage to numerous people, including bogus insurance certificates to verify proof of insurance for vehicle registrations. During a search of Sanusi’s home, additional insurance binder forms were seized.

"Hakeem Sanusi’s crimes are part of a growing state-wide problem of drivers carrying fake auto insurance certificates, sometimes without the drivers knowing their policies are not real," said Mr. Lloyd. "About one-fifth of insurance certificates presented in Wayne County, where Sanusi operated, are invalid. The general public is impacted when they find that the other driver does not have valid insurance, and repair and medical bills are not as easily reimbursed."

Mr. Lloyd thanks the Michigan State Police, Michigan Secretary of State's office, and investigators for Progressive Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance for their work on this case.


February 26, 2014 

Patrick Vercruysse First Degree Murder Conviction Affirmed

Douglas R. Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, announced today that first-degree premeditated murder and receiving/concealing stolen firearm convictions against PATRICK VERCRUYSSE were affirmed on 02/25/2014 by the Michigan Court of Appeals. Vercruysse is serving a mandatory life prison sentence for his murder conviction.

In June 2011, Vercruysse killed 83-year old Seth Thompson. Mr. Thompson, a Midland County resident, was found rolled in a carpet, bound, with his head covered in plastic. Vercruysse admitted having choked the victim with a cord to "make sure he was dead" and later put a plastic bag over his head. An Eaton County jury rejected the defendant's claim that he acted in justifiable self defense, or should have been convicted of a lesser homicide crime.

Sr. APA Kelly Morton was our trial attorney, and headed our appellate response and arguments before the appellate court panel. The court's opinion can be read at http://publicdocs.courts.mi.gov:81/opinions/final/coa/20140225_c311884_43_311884.opn.pdf.


December 16, 2013 

Canine "Reagan" Welcomed as a Victim Advocate

Reagan-20131216 Douglas R. Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, announced the employment today of a new victim advocate in their office. Reagan, a 21-month old black Labrador retriever, will provide support and advocacy to children and adults crime victims. He will be the fifth advocacy dog to work in a Michigan prosecutor’s office.

The Canine Advocacy Program (CAP) supports victims by helping to relieve some of their anxiety at being involved in the criminal justice system. The dogs are trained and donated by Leader Dogs for the Blind, of Rochester, MI. An investigator from the prosecutor’s office will be the sole owner of Reagan, and will be handled by trained victim advocates in the office.

Dan Cojanu, Vice-President & Program Director of CAP, was excited to have Reagan start work in the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office. “CAP would like to welcome Eaton County Prosecutor Lloyd to our family. The residents of Eaton County are fortunate to have a forward-thinking Prosecuting Attorney who is willing to ‘step outside of the box’ to help children who have been victimized.”

“Having Reagan here as a K-9 advocate is beneficial because coming to court or speaking with law enforcement can be hard,” said Prosecutor Doug Lloyd. “Anything that we can do to ease a victim’s experience in having to speak to officers, attorneys or in court is something I feel we should do. When you look at Reagan, you see an advocate who will help victims and especially children, who are reluctant to talk and unfamiliar with the court process get through the legal process.”

Reagan officially starts his work on December 16th, after a week of getting familiar with his new family. Reagan will be introduced to the Eaton County Board of Commissioners at the end of the public comment section of their meeting on the evening of Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

To connect with Reagan and the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney on Facebook visit: https://www.facebook.com/reagan.canine?fref=ts and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eaton-County-Prosecuting-Attorney/570478163014537.

For more information about the Canine Advocacy Program, visit www.capmich.com and www.facebook.com/CanineAdvocacyProgram.


November 19, 2013 

Charges Issued in September 2013 Vehicle-Motorcycle Crash in Grand Ledge

Douglas R. Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, announced today that charges were brought against a Charlotte, MI resident on three criminal counts in connection with a vehicle-motorcycle crash that seriously injured an Eaton Rapids woman on September 26, 2013 in Grand Ledge. Prosecutor Lloyd identified the defendant as ZACHARY JAY BOWDEN, age 21, who was charged with: Failure to Stop at the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Serious Impairment of a Bodily Function or Death (a 5-year felony), Reckless Driving Causing Serious Impairment of a Bodily Function (a 5-year felony), and Reckless Driving (a 93-day misdemeanor).

Investigators say that the defendant caused a crash on M-43 near Saginaw Hwy. around 8:30 pm., colliding with a motorcycle ridden by Loreen Wickens, of Eaton Rapids, MI. Mr. Bowden fled the scene but was followed by an eye witness to the crash, during which Mr. Bowden drove in excess of 90 mph and tried to force the witness off the road.

Mr. Bowden was arraigned on November 19, 2013 before Eaton County District Court Judge Julie Reincke. Bond was set at $10,000. A preliminary exam conference is scheduled for Monday, November 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm in the Eaton County District Court, and a preliminary examination is scheduled for November 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm before Judge Harvey Hoffman. All of these hearings will be held in the Eaton County Courthouse, 1045 Independence Blvd., Charlotte, MI 48813. Mr. Bowden is currently represented by Lansing attorney Timothy Hilton Havis.

Mr. Bowden is presumed innocent until proven guilty. As with all criminal defendants, the charges issued are accusations until, and if, the defendant is convicted.

 


June 3, 2013 

Douglas R. Lloyd Named Prosecuting Attorney for Eaton County

Doug Lloyd Douglas R. Lloyd, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Eaton County since 2008, has been appointed by the 56th Judicial Circuit Court for Eaton County to serve as Prosecuting Attorney. Mr. Lloyd replaces his predecessor, the Honorable Jeffrey L. Sauter, who recently received a judicial appointment by Governor Snyder to the circuit court.

The Honorable Janice Cunningham stated, “After due consideration of the applicants' credentials, and recommendations by the Eaton County law enforcement and legal community, the 56th Judicial Circuit Court for Eaton County is pleased to announce that Douglas R. Lloyd has been determined to be the most qualified individual to be appointed to fill the vacancy of Prosecuting Attorney for the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office.”

Doug Lloyd said, “I am honored and humbled to be named the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney to succeed Jeffrey L. Sauter. As the Prosecuting Attorney, it is my intention that the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to serve the public as the chief law enforcement agency by exercising sound discretion on a case by case basis in the pursuit of truth and the administration of justice.”

Doug Lloyd has a long history in prosecution. From 1996-2000, he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Jackson County, where he became the Chief Trial Attorney for its Drug and Arson Unit. He has been an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Eaton County since 2000, initially heading the Drug Crimes Unit. From 2003-2013, Doug Lloyd has been in charge of the Eaton County Economic Crimes Unit (ECU). While Doug Lloyd was in charge of the ECU, he was successful in recovering over $4 million dollars for area merchants through various diversion programs that he was instrumental in creating. He was also successful in partnering the ECU with the Ingham and Clinton County Prosecutors' offices by supervising their bad check and welfare fraud diversion programs. He is regarded as an excellent trial attorney and has successfully prosecuted a variety of criminal cases during his career, and most recently successfully tried and convicted Christopher Perrien for the double homicide of a Delta Township couple in their home.

Doug Lloyd earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas M. Cooley law school in 1992. He possesses a B.A. in criminal justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Recently Governor Snyder appointed Doug Lloyd to the Michigan Organized Retail Fraud Advisory Board. He has been actively involved in the community with the Boy Scouts of America, Grand Ledge Area Youth Sports, and is a member of the Delta Governmental Relations Committee and the Knights of Columbus.

 


June 4, 2012 

Grand Ledge Teacher Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct


Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced that his office has charged a Grand Ledge teacher with 3 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree and 5 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree involving two victims. CSC First Degree carries a maximum penalty of Life, while CSC 3rd Degree carries a maximum penalty of 15 years.

JASON ROBERT ALGRA, age 32, of Grand Ledge, taught science at Grand Ledge High School and also coached the swim team until October 2011.

Algra was arraigned today in the Eaton County District Court before the Hon. Julie Reincke. Bond was set at $250,000, with conditions that Algra not have any contact with either of the victims, not be employed at any place where minors normally gather, not attend any school functions or events where minors normally gather, not reside in a household where minors reside, and surrender his passport and CPL, if he has one.

Attorney Frank Reynolds, of Lansing, appeared on behalf of Algra.

A Pre-Exam Conference is scheduled on Monday, June 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm, and a Preliminary Examination is set on July 2, 2012 at 10:00 am before the Hon. Julie Reincke.

Grand Ledge Police Department Detective Jason Gooley is the lead investigator in the case. Anyone having information related to the investigation of Jason Algra can contact him at (517) 627-2115.

 


May 31, 2012 

Grand Ledge Man Pleads Guilty To Second Degree Murder

Joshua James PiercefieldEaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced that, earlier today, JOSHUA JAMES PIERCEFIELD, age 22, of Grand Ledge, pled guilty to Second Degree Murder in the death of three month old Olivia Faith Truax during the 2011 Mother's Day weekend. After his plea, Piercefield was remanded to the Eaton County Jail to await sentencing on May 28, 2012 at 10:30 am before Circuit Court Judge Calvin E. Osterhaven.

In his guilty plea, Piercefield admitted that on Friday, May 6, 2011, he was caring for his girlfriend's baby at her Eaton Rapids apartment and violently shook her out of frustration and anger. He later intentionally dropped Olivia to the floor onto her head, noticed immediate serious injuries and did not notify anyone or seek medical help. Instead, he put the baby to bed. The next morning, he saw that Olivia was still limp and listless, yet he continued on a planned Mother's Day family trip to Ohio with Olivia and her mother without alerting her. Olivia died several days later at the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital, after being transported from a Findlay, Ohio hospital.

Second Degree Murder is a felony carrying a maximum sentence of Life or any term of years. As a condition of the defendant's guilty plea, Judge Osterhaven advised that the defendant's sentence would likely be a term of 18-27 years up to 18-30 years in prison.

The case was investigated by the Michigan State Police Department, Lansing and Ypsilanti Posts. The Eaton Rapids Police Department assisted in the investigation.

The case was handled by Senior Assistant Prosecutor Neil O'Brien, Assistant Prosecutor Adrianne Van Langevelde, and former Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Brady. Mr. Piercefield is represented by attorneys Matthew R. Newburg and Eric X. Tomal, of Lansing.

 


December 12, 2011

Physician Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct

Eaton County Prosecutor Jeffrey L. Sauter announced that his office has charged a Charlotte physician with one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct Fourth Degree.  Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree carries a maximum penalty of fifteen (15) years, while Criminal Sexual Conduct Fourth Degree carries a maximum penalty of two (2) years.

KASSEM MAHMOUD HALLAK, 53, of Holt, practices medicine at Urgent Care on Meijer Drive in Charlotte.   The sexual assaults occurred between June, 2010 and November, 2011. 

Hallak was arraigned today in the Eaton County District Court before the Hon. Harvey Hoffman.  Bond was set at $50,000/10% with conditions that Dr. Hallak surrender his passport before release and not have contact with any of the victims or any female patient under the age of 40

Attorney John J. Frawley, of Lansing, has filed an appearance on behalf of Dr. Hallak.

A Pre-Exam Conference is scheduled on Monday, January 9, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. and a Preliminary Examination is set on January 13, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. before the Hon. Harvey Hoffman.  Charlotte Police Department Detective Jim Beal is the lead investigator in the case.  Anyone having information related to the investigation of Dr. Hallak can contact him at (517) 541.0149. 

October 21, 2011

Former Eaton County District Court Employee Found Guilty For Embezzlement

This morning, an Eaton County Circuit Court jury found KELLY JO BECK, age 48, of Lansing, MI, guilty of Embezzlement by a Public Official of over $50.00, a felony carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years or $5,000 fine.  Beck’s bond was revoked and she was remanded to the Eaton County Jail to await sentencing on November 17, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. before Eaton County Circuit Court Judge Calvin E. Osterhaven.

Beck was a cashier in the District Court from early 2005 to December 2010, and was responsible for processing traffic ticket payments and criminal matter monies. Trial testimony by 23 witnesses spanned four days. Many of the witnesses were called to testify about when and how they paid for tickets, which were not accounted for by Beck. The People believed that Beck used a check-for-cash “skimming” scheme, where she repeatedly took money from payments, and later applied other cases’ payments to cover the shortage. She also tried to cover shortages by clearing fines and costs on tickets, stopped payments-due notices, manipulated the credit card system, and destroyed ticket records.Douglas R. Lloyd, the chief assistant prosecuting attorney, tried the case, and said, “This was an important case for all courthouse employees, particularly those in our court clerks’ offices. The public relies on each of them to be honest and trustworthy, and be assured that when they pay hard-earned money for traffic tickets and other criminal matters, they can then go about their business without worry. What Kelly Jo Beck did rocked the foundation of that trust. This jury’s verdict helps restore some of that trust.”

Mr. Lloyd also thanked Beryl Frenger, the current Eaton County District Court administrator, Renate Anderson, Michigan Supreme Court auditor, and Michigan State Police D/Sgt. Frank Mraz for their assistance in the case’s investigation.

At sentencing, the People are expecting to request restitution of $80,454.50.

July 18, 2011

Charges Issued In Disappearance of 83 Year Old Midland Man

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced today that his office authorized 4 felony charges and 1 misdemeanor, against a Charlotte man relating to the discovery of a body of an 83 year old Midland man who had been missing for three weeks.  

PATRICK ALAN VERCRUYSSE, 43, of Charlotte, Michigan, has been charged with   Count 1: Open Murder, Count 2: Unlawful Driving Away a Motor Vehicle; Count 3: Home Invasion – 1st Degree; Count 4: Weapons-Firearms-Receiving and Concealing and Count 5: Stolen Property – Receiving and Concealing - $200 or less but more than $1000, a misdemeanor.  

The criminal investigation is being handled by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department. 

Mr. Vercruysse was arraigned today by Eaton County Magistrate Brien Fortino.  Bail was denied.  A preliminary examination conference is scheduled for July 25, 2011 at 1:00 p.m., and the preliminary examination is scheduled for July 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., before Judge Hoffman.

April 28, 2011:

Lansing Man Charged In Fatal Rollover Crash

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey announced that his office has charged a Lansing man with felony charges relating to a roll-over crash in Delta Township on Monday, April 25, 2011. 

David Lee Myers, 24, of Lansing was driving West on Saginaw Hwy at high speed when he swerved and struck the curb, losing control of the vehicle resulting in a roll-over crash.  Perry Lee Embry, 26, was thrown from the rear-seat of the vehicle, and died as a result of injuries caused by the crash.  A second passenger was treated for injuries and has been released from the hospital.  Myers faces three charges: Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death, Reckless Driving Causing Death, and Driving While License Suspended Causing Death.  Each charge has a maximum penalty of fifteen (15) years in prison, but any term of incarceration would be served concurrently.

Sauter stated that “we expect the evidence will show that Myers was speeding and driving aggressively when he lost control of his car and then ran from the scene, leaving the injured passengers with the wreckage of the car.”  At the time of the crash, Myers’ license had been suspended and his driving record included a drinking and driving conviction in 2007 and 5 adjudications for Careless Driving.

Myers was arraigned in Eaton County District Court yesterday by Judge Julie H. Reincke, who set a one million dollar bond and appointed Michael O’Briant of Lansing to represent him.  A Preliminary Examination Conference is scheduled for May 23, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., and a Preliminary Examination on May 26, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. 

The crash is being investigated by Sergeant Rod Sadler, Detective Rick Buxton, and Detective Kevin Hearld of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

Sauter cautioned that these charges represent an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

April 19, 2011:

Court Employee Charged in Court Embezzlement

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced today that his office authorized a felony complaint against a district court employee for embezzlement of court funds between December 2005 and December 2010.

 KELLY JO BECK , 48, of Lansing, MI has been charged with embezzlement by a public official of over $50.00, a felony carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years or $5,000.

Sauter said that an audit of the Eaton County District Court records by the State Court Administrative Office is continuing.  The criminal investigation was handled by the Michigan State Police, Major Case Team.

Ms. Beck was arraigned today by Eaton County Judge Julie Reincke.  The judge set bail at $5,000/10%, but is expected to disqualify herself from handling any further proceedings.  A preliminary examination is scheduled for May 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., before a visiting judge.

January 14, 2010:

Another Recent Parolee Charged in B&E, Rifle theft

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Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced today that his office authorized a 5-count felony complaint on January 12, 2010 against a Bellevue parolee regarding breaking and enterings on January 02, 2010 that resulted in the theft of a rifle, tools and other personal property from garages and a vehicle in Carmel Township.

CHRISTOPHER TODD RITCHEY, 25, of Bellevue, MI was charged with two counts of Breaking & Entering of a Building (up to 10 years), Receiving / Concealing a Stolen Firearm (up to 10 years), Felon in Possession of a Firearm (up to 5 years), and Larceny From a Motor Vehicle (up to 5 years).

Ritchey had been paroled from prison three months earlier, on September 29, 2009. He was paroled close to his “earliest release date” from a 2006 B&E Building conviction in Calhoun County, where he was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison. Ritchey had an earlier B&E Building conviction from 2005, where he was sentenced to 1½ to 10 years in prison. In that case, a charge of Receiving / Concealing a Stolen Firearm was dismissed in a plea bargain.

While investigating the Carmel Township burglary where a rifle was stolen, Michigan State Police Department located Ritchey in Charlotte, Michigan with the assistance of the Charlotte Police Department. He had been in a vehicle with a shotgun and revolver next to his seat. MSP’s further investigation led to the recovery of 15 firearms (mostly longs guns, some with no serial numbers) in Calhoun County, purportedly stolen, that had been recently sold or traded by Ritchey and then quickly traded or sold to others. According to MSP reports, charge requests will be filed with the Calhoun County Prosecuting Attorney.

Sr. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Neil O’Brien said, "This is another example of the ongoing impact that the Parole Board’s decisions have on our public safety. The Board assured the public in late September 2009 that Christopher Ritchey – who may have been seen as a ‘non-violent’ or ‘property crime’ felon – was no longer a menace to society, and was ready to return to our community. Three months later, it appears that he stole a rifle and other personal property, and traded this gun and possibly many other stolen guns in our neighboring county. It was only through the determined investigation of our State Police that some have been recovered. But we remain concerned about the rest of the guns."

Sauter thanked the Michigan State Police Department, particularly Tprs. Byrd and Parsons, for its investigation, and the Charlotte Police Department and Eaton County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance.



January 13, 2010:

Recent Parolee Charged in Home Invasion, Theft of Guns

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced today that his office authorized a 4-count felony complaint against a Lansing parolee regarding breaking and enterings in December 2009 that resulted in the theft of two semi-automatic handguns and other items.

JAMES ROBERT WICKS, 42, of Lansing, MI has been charged with Home Invasion Second Degree (felony – up to 15 years), Larceny of Firearms (felony – up to 5 years), Felon in Possession of a Firearm (felony – up to 5 years), and Breaking & Entering of a Building (felony – up to 10 years) arising from burglaries on 12/07/2009 on Jolly Road and Williams Road in Eaton County.

According to the police investigation, the handguns and other items were traded for crack cocaine in Lansing. The guns have not been recovered.

Wicks had been released on parole in June 2009 within days of serving his minimum term of a 2-10 year sentence for Felon in Possession of a Firearm from Mason County (Ludington), Michigan. Wicks’ MDOC prisoner number is 412459. Wicks will be writted from prison to Eaton County for arraignment in the coming week.

Eaton County Sr. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Neil O’Brien said, "This is another example of the direct and ongoing impact that the Parole Board’s decisions have on our public safety. The Parole Board assured the public in June that James Wicks – already convicted on breaking and entering and having a known drug problem -- was no longer a menace to society. Six months later, it appears that he kicked in the front door of a house, stole guns, and traded them for crack cocaine. Now the guns are on the street and may be used to spread more crime through our community. The cost that we all pay for the Parole Board’s decisions is immeasurable."

O’Brien thanked the Michigan State Police Department, for its investigation, particularly Tpr. Jeremy Brewer.



September 14, 2009:

Shooting of Off-Duty LPD Officer Remains Under Investigation

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced today that this office will delay any charging decision in the Saturday morning shooting of an off-duty Lansing Police Department officer by his wife.

Sauter said, "ECSD officers had probable cause to arrest her that morning, but the victim refused to make a statement to ECSD investigators. There is evidence that she was physically assaulted before the shoting. Consequently, I decided to release her from custody and review the facts after the investigation in complete."




October 23, 2008:

Herp Sentenced in Potterville Assault / Unlawful Imprisonment

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced today that, earlier today, Circuit Court Judge Thomas S. Eveland sentenced DARRIN JAY HERP II, age 28, of Eaton Rapids, on four felony convictions:
  • Unlawful Imprisonment (45-180 months prison);
  • Assault With A Dangerous Weapon (14-48 months prison);
  • Felony Firearm (24 months prison); and
  • Resisting/Obstructing Police (14-24 months prison).

Herp's Unlawful Imprisonment and Assault With a Dangerous Weapon convictions will be served after his Felony Firearm term ends.

Herp's convictions occurred in the City of Potterville and Benton Township on February 25, 2008. Herp hid in his ex-girlfriend's back seat, armed with a gun, and assaulted her when she returned. A passer-by came to her aid, and Herp fled the scene. A manhunt ensued, during which local schools were locked down.

The case was handled by Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Michael Eagen. Commenting on the case, Mr. Eagen said:

"This case could easily have ended with very tragic results. In the early morning, Mr. Herp hid in the back of his ex-girlfriend's car with a gun. When she returned to the car from the store, he confronted her and a struggle began. Timothy Bates was a customer leaving the same store. Mr. Bates intervened in the struggle to rescue the victim. Some would call him a 'good Samaritan', but I believe he was a hero."

Mr. Eagen thanked the Potterville Police Department, the Eaton County Sheriff Department, the Michigan State Police, the Charlotte Police Department, and the Michigan State Police Laboratory.

Mr. Herp was convicted by a jury on September 25, 2008, and is represented by attorney Thomas Hirsbrunner of Lansing.


October 03, 2008:

Two Charlotte Teenagers Charged in a Series of
Breakings and Enterings

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced earlier today that his office authorized 12-count complaints against two Charlotte teenagers regarding a series of breaking-and-enterings in August and September 2008.

David Robert Reed, 17, of Charlotte, MI, and Benjamin Loy Straub, 17, of Charlotte, Michigan, have been charged with:

  • 7 counts: Break and Enter a Building With Intent to Commit a Larceny (Felony: up to 10 years)
  • Conspiracy to Break and Enter a Building With Intent With Intent to Commit a Felony (Felony: up to 10 years and $10,000 fine)
  • Larceny $1,000 or more / Less than $20,000 (Felony: up to 5 years and/or $10,000 fine)
  • False Report of a Felony (Felony: up to 4 years and/or $2,000)
  • Malicious Destruction of Personal Property $200.00 or More But Less Than $1,000 (Misdemeanor: up to 1 year and/or $2,000)

Benjamin Straub was charged with an additional count: Entry Without Permission (Misdemeanor: up to 90 days and/or $500). If convicted of several counts, the defendants' sentences will likely be served concurrently.

Both defendants were arraigned this afternoon in the Eaton County District Court and have been released on bond. Pre-Examination Conferences are scheduled for Friday, 10/10/2008 at 9:30 am (Reed) and Monday, 10/13/2008 at 1:00 pm (Straub). Preliminary Examinations are scheduled for Thursday, 10/16/2008 at 10:00 am.

The felony Breakings and Enterings occurred between 09/15/2008 and 09/21/2008 at a business on Lansing Road where office equipment was stolen on two separate dates, and several buildings at the Eaton County Fairgrounds, Bennett Park and the Charlotte Junior Orioles Athletic Booster buildings (equipment sheds and a concession stand).

The Charlotte Police Department investigated of the crimes, and was led by Det. Bob King. David Reed is represented by attorney David L. Zoglio, of Lansing. Benjamin Straub is represented by attorney William R. Weise, of Charlotte.



July 23, 2008:

Court of Appeals Affirms Ex-ECSD Sgt. Jeffrey Lutz's Convictions

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Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced earlier today that, in an opinion dated July 22, 2008, the Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the convictions and sentences of former Eaton County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeffery Shannon Lutz, who shot himself and blamed the shooting on a fictitious African-American suspect. The shooting occurred while Lutz was on duty, in March of 2006. Lutz resigned from the Sheriff's Department in October of 2006.

In March 2007, a jury convicted Lutz of making a false report of a felony, discharging a firearm at an emergency vehicle, reckless use of a firearm, and making a false report to a police radio station. Eaton County Circuit Judge Thomas S. Eveland sentenced Lutz to five years' probation with 60 days in jail, community service, and restitution.

On appeal, Lutz claimed that the trial prosecutor committed misconduct, and the trial judge erred by denying the defendant's motion for a mistrial. Lutz argued that Prosecutor Sauter committed misconduct in his opening statement by referring to "suicide messages" left by the defendant as voice mails on his estranged wife's cell phone. Lutz also argued that Judge Eveland, abused his discretion by denying Lutz's motion for a mistrial based on this alleged prosecutorial misconduct.

The Court of Appeals panel of Judges Henry William Saad, Karen M. Fort Hood and Stephen L. Borrello found that the good-faith effort by the prosecutor to admit evidence did not constitute misconduct despite later defense objections based on the spousal privilege and hearsay rule.

After Mr. Sauter's opening statement, Judge Eveland excluded the evidence, but the Court of Appeals found that "the trial court was overly generous to defendant by excluding evidence based merely on a determination that its probative value was outweighed by its prejudicial effect rather than based on a determination that its probative value was substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice." The prosecutor could not have known that the trial court would exercise its discretion in this manner, the Court of Appeals wrote, "because it is reasonable to believe that evidence of defendant's expressions of a suicidal intent shortly after being confronted with the police having recovered potentially incriminating evidence was substantially probative as evidence of consciousness of guilt."

The incriminating evidence consisted of a .25-caliber handgun loaned to Lutz by a fellow deputy. The borrowed handgun matched shell casings found at the crime scene. Those shell casings did not match Lutz's service weapon, a .40-caliber handgun, which was fired five times. A witness living near the crime scene heard only five shots that night. The prosecution theorized that Lutz planted the shell casings as evidence of a second handgun - allegedly used by his fictitious assailant - at the crime scene.

The Court of Appeals concluded that the prosecutor referred to the proposed evidence in his opening statement based on a good-faith belief that it was properly admissible. Finally, there was no constitutional violation of the Confrontation Clause because, viewed objectively, the circumstances indicate that the defendant's estranged wife primarily made statements to a detective to obtain police assistance regarding an ongoing emergency, to prevent Lutz from committing suicide.

Sr. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney William M. Worden filed the People's appellate brief. Susan M. Meinberg, of the State Appellate Defender's office, represented Lutz on his appeal.



May 02, 2008:

Dunham Sentenced to 34-60 Yrs for
2nd Degree Murder in Double-Fatal Crash

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced that, earlier today, Circuit Court Judge Thomas S. Eveland sentence Russell Percy Dunham, Jr., 31, of Lansing, to 34-60 years in prison on each of two counts of Second Degree Murder from a two-vehicle crash on May 24, 2007 in Eaton Rapids Township. These sentences will run concurrently. Dunham mug-DunhamRussell-MDoCwas convicted by a Circuit Court jury on April 02, 2008, concluding a three-day trial in which 24 witnesses testified.

Dunham was driving westbound on Columbia Highway, approaching Canal Road, when he ran a stop sign in excess of 80 miles per hour and crashed into a vehicle operated by Pennie Sue Sharp, 48, of Eaton Rapids. Ms. Sharp died instantly as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The impact also killed Carolyn J. Merrill, 22, also of Eaton Rapids, a passenger in the Dunham vehicle. "Alcohol tests showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.17%, over twice the legal limit to be driving," Sauter said.

Dunham was remanded to the Eaton County jail until his scheduled sentencing before Eaton County Circuit Court Judge Thomas S. Eveland on Friday, May 02, 2008 at 9:00 am. Mr. Dunham is represented by Attorney Timothy Havis of Lansing. Second Degree Murder has a statutory maximum penalty of Life or any term of years.

The case was handled by Senior Assistant Prosecutor Neil O'Brien and Assistant Prosecutor Brent Morton. Commenting on the case, Mr. O'Brien said:

"Our hearts go out to the families and friends of Pennie Sharp and Carolyn Merrill. Their deaths were senseless and even though justice has been done, we recognize that the pain of this tragedy continues for those closest to the victims. Many relatives and friends spoke to the court at sentencing, or wrote heartfelt letters about these delightful ladies who loved life, and the people in their lives. Our thoughts are also with the ordinary citizens who stopped to render whatever aid and, ultimately, comfort they could to the victims. The jury's verdict - choosing Second Degree Murder over less-serious crimes like OWI Causing Death or Involuntary Manslaughter - reflected the essence of this case. This was a fatal reckless, high-speed crash case, not 'just' a fatal drunk driving case."

Mr. O'Brien also thanked investigators and officers from the Eaton County Sheriff Department for their assistance, particularly Sgt. Rod Sadler, Detective Jeff McNeil and Detective Tim Fandel. Sgt. Sadler, the case's crash reconstruction expert, testified that the damage inflicted on Mrs. Sharp's heavy duty truck was among the most devastating he has seen in his career, and reflected the recklessness of Dunham's speed.

People v Dunham was the first Eaton County case in which murder charges were filed in a motor vehicle death case where alcohol was a significant factor. Previously, a less serious charge like OWI Causing Death would have been filed. However, since 1998, Michigan appellate courts have approved Second Degree Murder charges involving factors like high blood-alcohol levels, high speeds, reckless driving, disobeying traffic control devices, driving when the defendant knew he was too drunk to drive, etc. This conduct, in total, can prove the 'malice' element of murder ("knowingly creating a very high risk of death or great bodily harm knowing that death or such harm would be the likely result")."

Second Degree Murder has a statutory maximum penalty of Life or any term of years. The felony sentencing guidelines established the possible minimum sentence of 26¼ years in prison. Mr. O'Brien argued that the judge should impose a minimum sentence of 40 years.

Mr. Dunham is represented by attorney Timothy Hilton Havis of Lansing.



 April 03, 2008:

Jury Verdict in Dunham Double-Fatal Crash:
Second Degree Murder

mug-DunhamRussell-MDoC Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced today that an Eaton County Circuit Court jury convicted Russell Percy Dunham, Jr., 31, of Lansing, of two counts of Second Degree Murder from a two-vehicle crash on May 24, 2007 in Eaton Rapids Township. The verdict, announced at 8:30 pm on April 02, 2008, concluded a three-day trial in which 24 witnesses testified. The jury deliberated for four hours.

Dunham was driving westbound on Columbia Highway, approaching Canal Road, when he ran a stop sign in excess of 80 miles per hour and crashed into a vehicle operated by Pennie Sue Sharp, 48, of Eaton Rapids. Ms. Sharp died instantly as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The impact also killed Carolyn J. Merrill, 22, also of Eaton Rapids, a passenger in the Dunham vehicle. "Alcohol tests showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.17%, over twice the legal limit to be driving," Sauter said.

Dunham was remanded to the Eaton County jail until his scheduled sentencing before Eaton County Circuit Court Judge Thomas S. Eveland on Friday, May 02, 2008 at 9:00 am. Mr. Dunham is represented by Attorney Timothy Havis of Lansing. Second Degree Murder has a statutory maximum penalty of Life or any term of years.

The case was handled by Senior Assistant Prosecutor Neil O'Brien and Assistant Prosecutor Brent Morton. Commenting on the case, Mr. O'Brien said: "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of Pennie Sharp and Carolyn Merrill. Their deaths were senseless and even though justice has been done, we recognize that the pain of this tragedy continues for those closest to the victims. Our thoughts are also with the ordinary citizens who stopped to render whatever aid and, ultimately, comfort they could to the victims. Finally, our thanks go out to the jury. Their verdict - choosing Second Degree Murder over OWI Causing Death or Involuntary Manslaughter - reflected the essence of this case. It was a fatal reckless, high-speed crash case, not 'just' a fatal drunk driving case. Their task was difficult, but they did their job well."

People v Dunham was the first Eaton County case in which murder charges were filed in a motor vehicle death case where alcohol was a significant factor. Previously, a less serious charge like OWI Causing Death would have been filed. However, since 1998, Michigan appellate courts have affirmed Second Degree Murder convictions involving factors like high blood-alcohol levels, high speeds, reckless driving, disobeying traffic control devices, driving when the defendant knew he was too drunk to drive, etc. This conduct, in total, proves the 'malice' element of murder -- "knowingly creating a very high risk of death or great bodily harm knowing that death or such harm would be the likely result."

Mr. O'Brien also thanked investigators and officers from the Eaton County Sheriff Department for their assistance, particularly Sgt. Rod Sadler, Detective Jeff McNeil and Detective Tim Fandel. Sgt. Sadler, the case's crash reconstruction expert, testified that the damage inflicted on Mrs. Sharp's heavy duty truck was among the most devastating he has seen in his career, and reflected the recklessness of Dunham's speed.



February 26, 2008:

Charges Issued in Potterville Assault


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Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey L. Sauter announced today that he authorized charges in an assault incident from 02/25/2008 in Potterville that resulted in a lock-down of Potterville schools.

Darrin Jay Herp, II, 28, of Eaton Rapids, has been charged with Unlawful Imprisonment (Felony: up to 15 years and/or $20,000 fine), Assault With A Dangerous Weapon (Felony: up to 4 Years and/or $2,000 fine), Felony Firearm (Felony: 2 Years consecutive and preceding other incarcerations) and Resisting/Obstructing Police (Felony: up to 2 years and/or $2,000 fine).

Mr. Herp was arraigned today in the Eaton County District Court before the Hon. Julie Reincke. Bond was set at $500,000 cash/surety with conditions that he not consume alcohol, that he be released from jail only with a GPS tether, and possess no or use firearms, that he have no contact with the victim or members of her household, and that he remain at least a mile from the victim's residence and place of employment.

Attorney George M. Betts, of Lansing, was appointed to represent Mr. Herp.

Future District Court court hearings include a Pre-Exam Conference on Monday, 03/03/2008 at 1:00 pm, and a Preliminary Examination on Thursday, 03/06/2008 at 10:00 am before the Hon. Julie Reincke.



February 25, 2008:

Prosecutors' Association Recognizes Sr. APA
for Years of Service

Eaton County Sr. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney William Worden was recognized by the Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Association and its President, Charles Koop, for his twenty years of service as a prosecutor. The award was presented in conjunction with PAAM's Mid-Winter Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, MI on 02/07/2008.

Bill has been an Eaton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney since 1988, and has been a Sr. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney since 1989. He previously worked in Lapeer, MI in the private practice of law (1986-1987), and as a Circuit Court law clerk (1982-1985). Bill is an Appellate Specialist.



January 26, 2008:

Ingham-Clinton-Eaton Prosecuting Attorneys Agree to
Regionalize Welfare Fraud Enforcement

Stuart Dunnings, III, Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney, will announce an agreement to expand regional cooperation to the enforcement of welfare fraud cases through the Eaton County Economic Crimes Unit, on Monday, January 28, 2008 @ 10:00 am at the Lansing Mall.

The Economic Crimes Unit was begun by Jeff Sauter, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, in 2003 with Byrne grant funding. The unit was designed on a business model, and is self-funded through payments made by offenders who are offered an opportunity for diversion from criminal prosecution.

Doug Lloyd, Sr. Assistant APA and supervisor of the Economic Crimes Unit, developed the Welfare Fraud program in conjunction with the Inspector General's Office of the Michigan Department of Human Services. Since July 2006, that program has netted over $126,000 in restitution to the State from Eaton County cases alone.

This announcement will represent an expansion of cooperation between the Ingham and Eaton offices. Dunnings cross-appointed Mr. Lloyd as a special assistant prosecutor for social security fraud cases in April 2007. That program has resulted in combined restitution to federal authorities in excess of $33,000.

"I have been very pleased with the success of the social security fraud cases and am aware of the ECU's success with wefare fraud case. I believe it is time to expand our regional cooperation and have the ECU screen our welfare fraud cases for potential diversion from formal prosecution," Dunnings said. "And, I'm also pleased to announce that Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Charles Sherman has agreed to incude Clinton County's welfare fraud cases."


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