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Former Standish City Manager pleads guilty after one-day extension granted


ARENAC COUNTY — A last minute motion filed in 23rd Circuit Court, and granted by Judge Ronald Bergeron, gave Tori Kelly, former Standish City Manager, one more day to plead guilty, which she did on Oct. 22.

The motion for a one-day extension to plead was granted Oct. 21, just five days prior to Oct. 26, the day jury selection was scheduled to begin in a jury trial for Kelly, as originally, the court had set an Oct. 7 deadline for a plea deal to be reached.

Kelly pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement over $50 by a public official, which Bergeron said is a felony that can carry a sentence of up to ten years in prison and/or $5,000 in fees (plus court costs). Kelly will also have to pay restitution in an amount to be determined within 45 days of accepting the plea.

The guilty plea stems from mileage reimbursement Kelly charged to the city of Standish after falsely claiming to attend a meeting in November 2007.

For accepting the plea, three additional, identical charges were dropped.

Attorney Ladonna Schultz was the prosecutor in the case.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 2.


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