Michigan AG moves to drop marijuana charges against 4 defendants

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DETROIT - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is citing weak cases and changing laws as she moves to dismiss all charges against four defendants in two of three marijuana cases pending in her office’s criminal division.

Nessel's office announced Monday she will offer pleas to reduced charges to most of the remaining defendants in all three cases. 

"We are focusing all of our efforts and resources on the truly bad actors and those who have non-marijuana related charges,” said Nessel. “They will be held accountable and we will pursue them. Juries don’t want to convict people on charges concerning something that is now legal. The dismissals against some of the defendants in these cases also reflect that they either were not major players in these marijuana cases or that the evidence is simply insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they committed the charged crimes."

Nessel is referring to Michigan’s recent change to legalize recreational marijuana

The Attorney General will be moving to dismiss all the charges against the following defendants in the following two cases:

People v Mark Sochacki, Terra Sochacki, James Amsdill, Debra Amsdill, Amanda Amsdill – St. Clair County Circuit Court

  • Mark Sochacki -- Charged with felony delivery/manufacture of marijuana.
  • Terra Sochacki -- Charged with felony delivery/manufacture of marijuana.
  • Amanda Amsdill -- Charged with conducting a criminal enterprise.

People v Landon Boggs, Tyler Stanley, Ronald Earley, William Stewart, Robert Bruton, Nichole Lathers, Mark Hanna, Daniel McCready and John Lougheed – Hillsdale County Circuit Court, Jackson County Circuit Court

  • Noelle Lathers -- Charged with 2 counts of felony delivery/manufacture of marijuana and 2 counts of felony conspiracy to deliver/manufacture marijuana.

In the third case, People v Darryl Berry and Johnny Cooper, Genesee County Circuit Court and Livingston County Court (Berry only), there will be no dismissals at this time, but there may be an offer to allow a plea to reduced charges.

Nessel's office said the law enforcement agencies involved in each of the listed cases has already been contacted by the Attorney General regarding the office’s new position on the pending cases. 

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