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.

About Allen Telgenhof

Allen Telgenhof is the Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney; he has been an attorney since 1989 and a high school baseball coach since 2005. Graduated from Clio High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Proud father of Ty, Ally, Will and Luke and husband to Erin.
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