This morning, Judge Roy C. Hayes III sentenced four defendants to the Michigan Department of Corrections on felony cases in the 33rd Circuit Court.
Oscar Guillen-Torres, 33, Charlevoix, was sentenced to 38 to 60 months in prison on his conviction of attempting to make a threat of terrorism.
Guillen-Torres was also sentenced to serve 23 to 60 months on a conviction of carrying a concealed weapon and 148 days in jail on a charge of resisting and obstructing a police officer. Those sentences will run concurrent to the 38 to 60-month sentence.
According to affidavits filed in the cases, Guillen-Torres was stopped by police on October 17, 2019 for running a stop sign in the City of East Jordan. A check disclosed that he had no valid drivers license and an outstanding arrest warrant.
Guillen-Torres resisted the officer who attempted to place him under arrest. After he was in custody, searches of his person and his vehicle led to the seizure of four knives, including one with a blade longer than three inches concealed in Guillen-Torres’ boot.
The terrorism charge was related to continued threats Guillen-Torres made to corrections officers at the Charlevoix County Jail, including statements beginning the day after his arrest, October 18.
Guillen-Torres told an officer that he would regret the day he was born and that the officer’s actions toward Guillen-Torres would cost him a hand, a leg and his eyes “just for fun.” He also told the officer that “I swear…I will cut you into so many little pieces” and that his family would find all of his pieces in the garbage.
The defendant also asked other officers for personal information on the corrections officer and told them it would go easier on them if they helped him. Guillen-Torres referred to the corrections officer as “dead man walking.”
The sentences were at the high end of the sentencing guidelines for Guillen-Torres. Court records indicate that Guillen-Torres has no legal status in the United States and that he will likely be the subject of a deportation hearing. His country of origin is Honduras.
Major Jerrel Foreman, 25, Detroit, was sentenced to serve 24 to 240 months with the Michigan Department of Corrections on a charge of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine and 89 days on a charge of attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer. The sentences will run concurrently.
The Joint Operative Law Enforcement Team (“JOLT”), Charlevoix County’s drug team, arrested Foreman on December 14, 2019 when he came with two others to Charlevoix County from Detroit to meet a confidential informant to sell cocaine in the city of East Jordan, according to a police affidavit.
At the Charlevoix County Jail, while booking Foreman, during a search a corrections officer could see a small portion of a bag concealed in Foreman’s anus. The bag was seized and contained 12 grams of crack cocaine, mixed with fentanyl.
According to court records, Foreman had recently been released from federal prison after serving time on a charge for conspiracy with intent to deliver heroin. He was on parole at the time of this offense.
Andrew Michael Green, 30, Charlevoix County, was sentenced to serve 18 to 90 months in prison on a conviction for receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, habitual offender second and 87 days in jail for operating a motor vehicle with the presence of a controlled substance.
According to police, on December 16, 2019, Green was driving a stolen vehicle on M-32 while under the influence of drugs including methamphetamine. Police attempted to stop Green who refused to pull over until he lost control of the vehicle, ending up in a ditch.
Police seized items from inside the vehicle including a glass tube, possibly used as a pipe, and a syringe.
Green had previously been convicted of four felonies and had served time in jail, Department of Corrections bootcamp and prison.
Jeremy John Murphy, 41, Boyne City, was sentenced to 18 to 180 months with the Michigan Department of Corrections with substance abuse services ordered as part of the sentence.
Murphy was convicted of possession of methamphetamine, habitual offender, second, by his guilty plea on March 13.
The Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement team (SANE) received a tip and obtained a search warrant on December 18, 2019 for Murphy’s home in Boyne City. SANE officers seized syringes, baggies, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia, according to a police affidavit filed in the case.
Two of the syringes tested positive for methamphetamine.
Court records indicate that Murphy was previously convicted of three prior drug felonies in the State of Florida from 2006 to 2009.