With a jury trial looming on Monday, Nicolas Jeffery Kerr, 33, Charlevoix, pleaded guilty this afternoon in the 33rd Circuit Court to possession of methamphetamine, as a habitual offender, 4th.
Kerr was originally charged with owning or possessing a chemical or laboratory equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine. In his plea hearing, Kerr acknowledged under oath that chemicals and equipment found in a duffle bag behind a local store in the City of Charlevoix belonged to him.
According to a police affidavit filed in the matter, police were called to the location on March 1, 2019, and discovered a bag containing methamphetamine components including lithium batteries, a battery cutter, buprenorphine (Sudafed) and chemicals.
Police were told that the bag belonged to Kerr and in a recorded interview with police, Kerr discussed the items in the bag and how he utilized them to make methamphetamine.
“We had a number of jurors summoned for a trial that was to begin on Monday,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “Though these folks are not now required to appear, it is only through their willingness to sit as jurors that the defendant was willing to take responsibility for his actions.”
“I want to thank the officers from the City of Charlevoix Police and Fire Departments as well as the Michigan State Police 7th District Clandestine Lab Response Team, who responded to the dangerous scene,” Telgenhof said. “The manufacture of methamphetamine is very dangerous and these officers defused a potentially hazardous situation.
As part of the plea agreement, both Kerr and the prosecution agreed to a sentencing recommendation of 46 to 120 months in prison. Kerr’s sentencing will occur on April 23 before Judge Roy C. Hayes III.
The case was investigated by the Charlevoix City Police Department with assistance from the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office.