Free Movie at Charlevoix Cinema III for Crime Victim Rights Week 2018

2018 NCVRW Theme Poster 11x17The Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will be hosting a free showing of the powerful documentary “Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage” at Charlevoix Cinema III on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. All members of the public are invited to attend.

The showing of the film is made possible by the Crime Victim Services Commission, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan.

“Each year, our Charlevoix County Victim Advocate Libby Mikulski applies for funding for a project to bring awareness regarding victims of crime to our community,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “This year we are proud to be bringing this award-winning film to Charlevoix County.”

Through the transformation of sex trafficking survivor Virginia Isaias into an inspiring advocate, Sands of Silence celebrates the triumph of the spirit with a call to action to break the chains of sexual violence worldwide

A 15-year quest to expose the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking from Asia to the Americas leads world-reporter Chelo Alvarez-Stehle to the windswept beach where her childhood ended and family secrets began.

As she documents the transformation of sex-trafficking survivor Virginia Isaias—a Mexican-American woman whose past is engulfed in a cycle of sexual exploitation—into an inspiring advocate committed to breaking that pattern, Chelo undertakes a parallel journey of healing and introspection as she sets out to shatter the silence about abuse in her own life.

An intimate story about an endemic problem, Sands of Silence celebrates the triumph of the spirit with a call to action to break the chains of sexual violence worldwide.

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Boyne City Man Sent to Prison

Kyle Richard Cronin, 26, of Boyne City, was sentenced to serve 38 to 60 months in prison this morning in the 33rd Circuit Court. Cronin pleaded guilty on Feb. 2 to a reduced charge of attempted assault by strangulation.

The incident occurred on Nov. 24, 2017 in the City of Boyne City. According to the affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, the Defendant pushed the victim down, then put both of his hands around the victim’s throat while she was lying on the ground causing her to have problems breathing.

Cronin then hit the victim’s head on the floor a couple of times and held her down so she could not get free.

Charlevoix County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kerry Zahner prosecuted the case for the State of Michigan. Zahner praised the police work of Boyne City Officer Tavis Tannehill and Charlevoix County Deputy Jeremy McAuliff who responded to the call.

Attempted assault by strangulation is a felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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Three Sentenced to Prison in Charlevoix County

Three defendants were sent to prison this morning in the 33rd Circuit Court.

Justin Swadling, 35, of Alanson, was sentenced to 10 to 15 years on his conviction of criminal sexual conduct, third degree. Swadling pleaded guilty on Jan. 16, admitting sexually assaulting a 14-year old on Oct. 14, 2017

According to Charlevoix County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Caitlin Borchard, the offense took place just three months after Swadling had finished serving a 15 year sentence on another criminal sexual conduct charge involving a child.

Borchard argued for the maximum sentence that could be given and Judge Roy C. Hayes III granted the request.

Justin Raymond Stolt, 27, of East Jordan, was sentenced to 23 to 240 months in prison for delivery of heroin and 23 to 60 months for fleeing and eluding, third degree. His sentences will run concurrently. He pleaded guilty to both charges.

Stolt admitted delivering heroin to a friend on May 25, 2017, causing a drug overdose requiring first responders to utilize NARCAN to save her life.

He also admitted fleeing on Aug. 24, 2017, when a Michigan State Police trooper attempted to make a traffic stop, driving 58 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone in East Jordan.

At the sentencing, Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof emphasized text messages obtained from Stolt’s cellphone by a search warrant which indicated that while on felony bond, Stolt was regularly driving to Detroit to buy heroin and cocaine to resell in Charlevoix County.

Both Hayes and Telgenhof stated that Stolt was bringing “poison” into the county which in part justified a sentence at the high end of his sentencing guidelines.

William Harley Daniels, Jr., 37, of Boyne City, was sentenced to 17 to 48 months in prison for resisting and obstructing a police officer causing injury.

Daniels pleaded guilty on Jan. 12, 2018. According to the probable cause affidavit in the case, Daniels ran from and later assaulted a state police trooper. Daniels said that he was attempting to avoid being arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Daniels had previously been convicted of five felonies and six misdemeanors and had been sent to prison twice before.

 

 

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CHARLEVOIX MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Joseph Martin Reedy, 40, of Charlevoix, was sentenced to 24 to 60 months in prison on a charge of domestic violence, third offense. In exchange for the Defendant’s plea, a charge of assault by strangulation was dismissed.

Reedy was sentenced by Judge Roy C. Hayes III at the high end of his sentencing guidelines which recommended a minimum sentence of 12 to 24 months incarceration.

The conviction arose out of an incident in the City of Charlevoix on August 23, 2017 where according to an affidavit filed in the case, Reedy grabbed the victim as she attempted to leave his apartment, dragged her into the bedroom and assaulted her by choking and headbutting her and threatened to kill her.

Reedy was convicted of domestic violence three times previously as well as six prior felonies.

“I want to commend the bravery of the victim in the case and the job done by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kerry Zahner and City of Charlevoix Police Officer Andy Flickema in this case,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said.

“At sentencing Kerry spoke passionately about the victim’s transformation from living in fear, being unsure of whether she could assist in prosecution to a position of strength where she was able to be in the courtroom and face her attacker. Kerry does a wonderful job of working with and empowering victims.”

“Officer Flickema did an excellent job with the investigation, not only interviewing the victim and documenting her injuries, but also probing other domestic violence incidents involving the defendant. This is critical information in a prosecution like this.”

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Fourth Time Drunk Driver Sentenced to Prison

In the 33rd Circuit Court in Charlevoix this morning, Edwin Allen Harris, 49, of Pullman, Michigan was sentenced to serve 20 to 60 months in prison. Harris had pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated, third offense, and attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer on October 13, 2017.

The charges arose out of an incident that occurred on Beaver Island on August 19, 2017 when, according to police reports, after a night of drinking, Harris took a car that did not belong to him. Police were notified and a sheriff’s deputy located the vehicle.

Harris drove away from the officer at speeds of 60 to 70 miles per hour, before eventually putting the vehicle into a ditch, where he was apprehended. Harris’ preliminary blood alcohol level was .151, nearly twice the legal limit, and a subsequent blood test showed a result of .187.

Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof asked the court to issue the prison sentence arguing that Harris presents a continuing danger to the public, having three prior convictions for driving under the influence as well as a conviction for negligent homicide with a vehicle. Telgenhof noted that Harris had been sent to prison on five prior occasions yet continued to break the law.

 

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Two Convicted of Sexual Assaults on Children Sentenced

In the 33rd Circuit Court this morning, Anthony Atkinson, 38, of Charlevoix, was sentenced to 30 to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old child. Atkinson had pleaded guilty on Nov. 10, 2017 to two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, First Degree.

The sentences on the two crimes were identical and will be served concurrently.

Because of the age of the victim, Atkinson faced a mandatory minimum 25-year prison sentence on both charges. Judge Roy C. Hayes III stated that though he had the discretion to run the sentences consecutively, he gave the defendant credit for pleading guilty and not putting the child through testifying at a jury trial.

Hayes did, however, departed upward from the sentencing guidelines in fashioning the 30 to 50 year sentence. He did so, as he stated, because the guidelines did not take into account the fact that the two crimes occurred on two consecutive days and the fact that the crimes will impact this child forever.

Also, Robert Arthur Torres, 38, of Charlevoix, was sentenced to 12 months in jail for having sexual contact with a 13-year-old child. Torres was convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct, Fourth Degree by a jury on Nov. 6, 2017. He was acquitted of a greater charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct, Third Degree.

Hayes departed from the sentencing guidelines which called for a minimum sentence of 0 to 9 months because of the defendant’s “preposterous” explanation for the crime, his failure to take responsibility and the fact that the child was entrusted in Torres’ care at the time.

 

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Boyne City Man (Again) Pleads Guilty on Day of Trial

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.

 

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