February 13, 2016

Man charged with stealing guns pleads guilty during unrelated jury trial

STANDISH — The 26-year-old Standish resident alleged to have broken into a Deep River Township home and stolen three guns pleaded guilty to the charge Oct. 29 in the middle of a jury trial regarding a felonious assault charge against him.

Michael Mier was convicted of breaking into a house on Ousterhout Drive, from which he was chased by residents of the home and a neighbor around 6:45 p.m. Sept. 26. Mier eventually fled to the woods nearby, where the Arenac County K-9 unit pursued him. He was later apprehended near Melita Road by Arenac County deputies.

However, the Oct. 29 jury trial that ended when Mier accepted a guilty plea was unrelated. According to information from 23rd Circuit Court, Mier was on trial for felonious assault stemming from a July 12 incident where he allegedly struck a man in the face with a rock.

Mier’s guilty plea dismissed charges related to both the assault and home invasion. In regard to the assault, Mier pleaded to aggravated assault, which is a felony with a sentence of one year in jail. The original charge of felonious assault with a weapon was dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.

Mier pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree home invasion related to the Sept. 26 incident. A charge of first-degree home invasion and a charge of possession of firearms by a felon were dropped in the plea agreement.

A charge of stalking/threatening/intimidating that was still being processed in 81st District Court was also dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Second-degree home invasion is punishable by 19-38 months in prison.

A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

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