For the second time in less than three months, Justin Raymond Stolt, 27, of Boyne City, pleaded guilty as charged to a felony, this time fleeing and eluding in the third degree, on the day trial was scheduled to begin.
The incident occurred on August 24, 2017 in the City of East Jordan. Stolt admitted that he saw a state trooper following him with his emergency lights activated and refused to pull over. The crime carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Stolt also pleaded guilty to a charge of delivery of heroin on another case. In exchange for that plea, a charge of delivery of cocaine was dismissed as was a drug enhancement. The delivery of heroin charge has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Stolt admitted providing heroin to a woman on May 25, 2017 in South Arm Township.
Sentencing on both files will occur on Feb. 23. The cases carry discretionary consecutive sentencing meaning the two sentences may be served back-to-back.
“I want to thank the prospective jurors who showed up and waited around. It may have seemed to them that they were wasting their time, but without their presence these convictions could not have been achieved,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said.
Judge Roy C. Hayes III apologized to the jurors and told them there were no last second deals and that neither the prosecution nor defense counsel was to blame for the last minute decision to plead.
In October, Stolt pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of suboxone after a jury had been selected in his case but before the first witness was called. On Dec. 1, he was sentenced to nine months in jail, four months held in abeyance, and 24 months of probation.