Two Sent to Prison in 33rd Circuit Court

This morning in the 33rd Circuit Court, Cody Deanthony Granberry, 29, Saginaw, was sentenced to serve 18 to 240 months in prison by Judge Roy C. Hayes III.

In July Granberry pleaded guilty to delivery of methamphetamine. Granberry admitted that on March 26, 2021, he sold 57 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant for $1600 in the city of East Jordan.

“Although this was the defendant’s first felony conviction, he came to northern Michigan to sell a significant amount of methamphetamine, a very dangerous drug,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “This is not a person who sold $50 worth of drugs to a friend.”

“The police, my office and the judge have made it clear that if you choose to sell this drug in this county, you will be sent to prison.”

Also sentenced to prison was Mason Tanner Luby, 21, of Clayton, Indiana.

Luby was sentenced to serve 18 to 60 months following his guilty plea to receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle.

On July 6, 2021, police found a vehicle abandoned on the shoulder of Deer Lake Road in Boyne Valley Township. The vehicle had been reported stolen from the state of Indiana. Inside the vehicle was a sales receipt from a store in Indiana from two days earlier.

Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ben Speigl contacted the store who provided security footage from the purchase and Speigl was able to identify Luby on the video, making the purchase and walking to and from the stolen vehicle.

Detective Cody Wheat reviewed Luby’s social media and saw a photo of Luby wearing a baseball cap that was found inside the stolen vehicle.

Detectives were aware that the vehicle was abandoned approximately 1000 feet from the residence of a friend of Luby’s. The officers were familiar with Luby because he was convicted following a group of thefts in Charlevoix County in 2020.

“This conviction was the result of excellent police work,” Telgenhof said. “These detectives quickly identified the perpetrator and built a very strong case against him, leading to the conviction.”

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Jury Convicts Lansing Man of Multiple Felonies

Jonathan Michael Mullen, 31, Lansing was convicted by a Charlevoix County jury of nine felony counts following a three-day jury trial that wrapped up Friday. The jury began deliberating around 5:00 p.m. and announced its verdict around 8:30 p.m..

Mullen was convicted of possessing heroin with the intent to deliver, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, possessing a silencer, being a felon in possession of ammunition and two counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a tenth count of possessing fentanyl with the intent to deliver.

“I want to thank the jurors for their time, attention and of course, the verdict, which I believe was correct,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “They gave the case much consideration. This case ensures that a dangerous drug dealer will be off the streets and out of our county for many years.”

Mullen is a habitual offender, having been convicted of multiple felonies, including drug and weapons charges previously, and being previously sentenced to prison.

Mullen was arrested following a drug raid on February 2, 2021, when officers of the Boyne City Police Department and the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the Parkview Apartments in Boyne City.

Police saw Mullen carrying bags to a rental car outside the apartments. A search of the car revealed he had carried an AR-15, a silencer and other parts to the gun to the vehicle. He was searched inside the home and was found in possession of ammunition for the AR-15 as well as ammunition for a pistol which was located, fully loaded, in the bedroom of the apartment.

When police knocked at the door, Mullen locked the deadbolt and headed to the bathroom inside the residence, according to witnesses. Police came inside to find Mullen leaving the bathroom and inside the toilet was a plastic baggie containing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.

The baggie also included a smaller baggie containing what a witness indicated was a sleep aid that Mullen used to mix with his drugs before selling to create more product.

“The jury was able to see video created by a police body camera, showing the bravery of the officers as they entered this home, knowing that a convicted felon was behind that door, likely possessing weapons,” Telgenhof said.

“I also want to thank the police officers who conducted this raid, the subsequent investigation and who testified at trial. It was a true team effort.”

Mullen will be sentenced October 15 in the 33rd Circuit Court and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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Charlevoix Man Admits Throwing Molotov Cocktail Into House

KeNen Michael-Damian Borths, 25, Charlevoix, pleaded guilty this morning in the 33rd Circuit Court to sending or delivering an explosive device causing property damage with the intent to frighten, terrorize, intimidate, threaten, harass, injure or kill.

That offense carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Borths also pleaded to lying to a police officer in the investigation of a violent crime, a four-year felony.

He will be sentenced on October 8.

According to a police affidavit in the case, on August 8, 2020, at approximately 11:30 p.m., City of Charlevoix police responded to a report of a possible gas leak and explosion on May Street in Charlevoix.

According to the victims, an explosive device was thrown into their home. Police discovered a “Molotov cocktail” consisting of a broken rum bottle with a partially burned towel inside and a strong smell of gasoline in the house.

The investigation turned to Borths when a witness indicated that Borths was upset with the adult son of the May Street home’s residents. Later another witness admitted that he had been with Borths on August 8 and that Borths had purchased a bottle of rum, later smelled of gas and that he had dropped Borths off near the scene of the crime.

Initially Borths denied any involvement, but in a later interview admitted that he had poured rum out of a bottle, poured gasoline into it and put a towel in it and lit the towel on fire. Borths said he had put out the fire before throwing the bottle through the May Street residence.

Borths was initially charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. Trial was scheduled to begin today.

“I want to thank law enforcement for their work on this case,” Mary Farrell, Charlevoix County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney said. “The City of Charlevoix Police Department and the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office conducted an excellent investigation and were assisted by the Michigan State Police, the FBI and the Secret Service.”

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Two Sentenced to Prison for Methamphetamine

This morning in the 33rd Circuit Court, two men were sentenced to prison on methamphetamine charges.

Andrew Karl Misner, 34, East Jordan, was sentenced to serve 34 to 240 months on a conviction of delivery of methamphetamine.

Darren Robert Midyett, 33, Charlevoix, was sentenced to 24 to 120 months for possession of methamphetamine.

According to a police affidavit, Misner sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant on December 1, 2020. He was later charged with witness interference for posts he made on social media naming the informant and saying that the informant should have their tongue cut out. Misner pleaded guilty on July 2.

Midyett was arrested on June 30, 2020, when police were called to investigate a domestic disturbance in the City of Charlevoix and encountered Midyett who had outstanding arrest warrants, according to a police affidavit. Midyett pleaded guilty on June 4.

Police searched Midyett’s vehicle and discovered a plastic baggie containing methamphetamine. Midyett had been previously convicted of five felonies and 13 misdemeanors, including prior convictions for delivery of controlled substances.

“While our goal is not to imprison people who are simply drug addicts, those who sell drugs, especially dangerous drugs like methamphetamine, must be held accountable,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said.

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Man Bound Over for Trial For Terroristic Threats

Jonathan Paul Stewart, 33, Atlanta, was bound over to stand trial in the 33rd Circuit Court on charges of making terroristic threats and malicious use of a telecommunications service.

Yesterday, 90th District Court Judge Angela Lasher heard preliminary examination testimony from three Charlevoix County employees who testified that on June 10 they received threatening phone calls from a male caller.

One witness said that the caller had left her a voicemail saying that she would want to call the police because he would be waiting outside for her after work. A second witness testified that the caller had told her that he was a paranoid schizophrenic who didn’t care what happened to him,  that “someone needs to teach those young (expletives) how to do their jobs,” and that if he wasn’t put through to who he wanted, he would drive the two hours to the courthouse and no one would want to know what would happen if he did that.

Another witness testified that the caller told her to get a cop on the phone because he was going to come down and start shooting. He told her that he would shoot her if she did not get a cop on the phone. When she tried to reason with him, the caller said, “Why are you being so (expletive) stupid? You’re being threatened, get a cop on the phone or I’m going to come down and show you what somebody can do that is pissed off.”

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the matter, police used the information from the county caller ID to determine that Stewart made the calls. He was questioned by a deputy from Montmorency County who also testified at the examination.

An act of terrorism is defined as a felony, dangerous to human life, that is threatened in order to intimidate, frighten or coerce a civilian population or influence or affect the conduct of government or a unit of government through intimidation or coercion.

Making a threat of terrorism is a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Malicious use of a telecommunications device is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of six months in jail.

The defendant is presumed guilty and is entitled to that presumption of innocence unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Stewart is being held on $200,000 bond. A scheduling conference is set in the 33rd Circuit Court for August 6, 2021.

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Central Lake Man Sent to Prison for Assault

Judge Roy C. Hayes III sentenced a Central Lake man to serve 38 to 120 months in prison for what the judge termed a “brutal, unprovoked assault” on a Charlevoix woman last summer.

Landon Scott Barrett, 24, was convicted on assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder in the 33rd Circuit Court following a two-day jury trial on June 22.

In imposing sentence, the judge outlined the evidence against Barrett, saying he found the victim’s trial testimony compelling and credible. At trial she described the defendant intentionally leading her to a secluded, unfamiliar location near Mt. McSauba in Charlevoix Township late at night then striking her over 40 times during a vicious assault on June 17, 2020.

The victim who eventually fought her way loose from the defendant, according to the judge, was understandably fearful that she would be killed or raped.

The victim spoke very powerfully at the sentencing, saying that an act of kindness, of offering to give the defendant a ride home, had forever changed her life. She spoke of how the attack continues to affect and haunt her. She said that she was convinced the defendant was attempting to either kill her or to knock her out so that he could rape her.

The Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office initially charged Barrett with assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, and that charge was also bound over to the 33rd Circuit Court, but Hayes granted a defense motion to dismiss that charge, finding there was insufficient evidence to show the offense was for a sexual purpose.

The prosecution sought review of that decision, however, the Court of Appeals did not agree to hear the issue.

At sentencing, Hayes credited law enforcement (Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Charlevoix Police Department) for what he called an excellent job of investigating the matter and tracking down the defendant’s identity and locating him, leading to the prosecution.

For his part, in his written account the defendant provided what Hayes called a “bizarre, disturbing and nonsensical” description, saying that he had felt threatened by the victim and had only accidentally struck her with his elbow as he tried to get away from her.

“I am so grateful for the bravery of the survivor of this brutal and senseless attack,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “She was a fighter on that night, fighting for her life and her survival, and she was a fighter in the courtroom at trial, having the courage to testify against this person who terrorized her.”

“Again today, she spoke out powerfully about her experience. Because of her, I believe that other women may not face the same fate.”

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Man Who Failed to Show For Trial then Appeared While High Sentenced to Prison

Jeremy Lee Thayer, 44, Boyne City, was sentenced to prison today in the 33rd Circuit Court. Thayer was sentenced to serve 23 to 84 months on a conviction for delivery of methamphetamine, 13 to 120 months for witness interference and 9 months for attempted assault with a dangerous weapon.

The witness interference sentence will run consecutive to the methamphetamine charge because it was committed from the Charlevoix County Jail, while the case was pending. The assault charge will run concurrent to the other two.

As a result, Thayer will be eligible for parole after serving 36 months, he received credit for 321 days already served.

Thayer’s case was scheduled for trial and jurors were summoned on two separate occasions. The first time, on November 4, 2020, Thayer failed to appear for trial. On the second, April 14, 2021, he appeared but was acting suspiciously and admitted to using controlled substances prior to court.

The case was then adjourned with the defendant not being able to proceed while impaired. He later tested positive for methamphetamine.

As a result of two sets of jurors being summoned, the waste of time to those individuals, the attorneys and the Court as well as the cost to the county, Judge Roy C. Hayes III also ordered Thayer to pay court costs of $2000. Hayes noted this was less than the actual cost to the county as a result of Thayer’s actions.

Thayer had pleaded guilty on June 15, 2021 to selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant and then writing them a letter from the jail in which they discouraged them from testifying against him.

He also pleaded no contest to assaulting a former girlfriend by hitting her in the head with a 2 by 4 piece of wood. He had previously been convicted of nine prior misdemeanors, including domestic violence and other assaultive offenses.

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Man Sentenced to Prison for Stolen Property and Probation Violation

In the 33rd Circuit Court today, Edwin Lee Sarasin, 56, Charlevoix, was sentenced to serve 38 to 60 months in prison on a charge of receiving and concealing stolen property $1000 or more but less than $20,000.

Sarasin had pleaded guilty on March 23 and was originally sentenced on April 26. At that time, he was placed on 18 months of probation and was given credit for 359 days served.

On May 15, police were called to Ferry Beach where Sarasin was found highly intoxicated, having damaged property in the public bathroom and creating a public disturbance. Sarasin was found guilty of a probation violation and was re-sentenced.

In the original case, Sarasin was found outside of a condominium in the City of Charlevoix together with many personal items stolen from inside of one of the units. He was initially charged with home invasion as well as resisting and obstructing police.

Sarasin had previously been convicted of four felonies and 14 misdemeanors, most relating to the use of alcohol and being combative with police officers.

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Jury Finds Man Guilty of Assault

Following a two-day trial, a Charlevoix County jury convicted Landon Scott Barrett, 24, Central Lake, of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder for an incident that occurred on June 17, 2020.

The victim of the assault testified that in the early morning hours, she had given Barrett what she thought was a ride to his home. Instead, he led her to a secluded location in the north side of Charlevoix Township where he assaulted her.

She testified that he had her make numerous turns so she did not know where she was until she ended up in a location with no houses in sight. There she stopped her vehicle to let Barrett out and he assaulted her, punching her repeatedly in the side of the head and face.

He put his arm around her as he continued to assault her. The victim was able to get free from Barrett and leave her vehicle, but Barrett continued the assault, getting her to the ground and straddling her while he continued to strike her.

She escaped to her vehicle, but Barrett grabbed her and pulled her out and continued to assault her. The victim was eventually able to push Barrett off her and drive away to safety and call police.

Initially, Barrett was charged with assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct. A preliminary examination took place in the 90th District Court and following that hearing, Barrett was bound over to trial on that charge as well as an added charge of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder.

In the 33rd Circuit Court, Judge Roy C. Hayes granted a defense motion to quash the bindover and dismissed the assault with intent to commit sexual assault charge. The court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to show that Barrett’s assault was for a sexual purpose.

The Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office then requested that the Michigan Court of Appeals review that decision, however, the appellate court refused to hear the matter and the case proceeded to trial.

The crime of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder is a felony with a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Barrett will be sentenced in the 33rd Circuit Court on July 16.

“All credit goes to the young woman who fought off her assailant in a remote location in the middle of the night with no one around to help or hear her,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “Then she came into the courtroom and eloquently described the terrifying event.”

“I want to thank the jury for their attention and consideration in this disturbing case. I also want to acknowledge the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Charlevoix Police Department for a good investigation and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mary Farrell who did an excellent job trying the case,” Telgenhof added.

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Charlevoix Man Gets Prison for Possessing Child Sexually Abusive Material

Gaugi Leston Holm, 51, Charlevoix was scheduled to prison this morning in the 33rd Circuit Court following his convictions for possessing child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime.

The defendant was sentenced by Judge Roy C. Hayes III to serve 36 to 84 months for using a computer to commit a crime and 24 to 48 months for possessing the material. The sentences will run concurrently.

Holm pleaded guilty to both charges on April 9, admitting that he accessed and possessed images of children engaged in sexual activities.

According to a police affidavit filed in the case, this investigation began when the Internet crimes Against Children Task Force received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicating that Holm had downloaded the materials.

The tips were followed up by the Michigan State Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who located the images on the Defendant’s Google drive and accessed them from his computer.

Holm was convicted on two charges of criminal sexual conduct involving victims under the age of 13 and was sentenced to serve 8 to 40 years in prison at that time.

At the sentencing, Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said that the defendant is a predator who has had the opportunities to change his behavior, through programming both while he was in prison and after his release, but he has failed to do so, continuing to seek sexual satisfaction from children, this time through images.

Telgenhof also stressed that this is not a victimless crime, since actual children were victimized in creating the images and that a market exists for these materials due to people like Holm.

“The court focused on safety of the public in fashioning this sentence,” Telgenhof stated. “This person has shown they cannot stop this type of behavior and the only way we can be sure the public is protected is if they are imprisoned.”

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