University of Michigan student accused of resort vandalism pleads guilty

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A University of Michigan student accused of being involved in costly vandalism at a northern Michigan ski resort has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Matthew Vlasic is one of three members of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity who were charged in connection to the destruction of property in January at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich. Vlasic has taken a deal and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of malicious destruction of a building more than $200 but less than $1,000. Vlasic had faced a felony destruction of a building charge. He will not face any time in jail.

Damage, legal fees and other expenses were estimated to be about $430,000 at the resort.

The Sigma Alpha Mu International Board has voted to permanently suspend the chapter at the university in Ann Arbor.

Six fraternities and sororities from the school damaged doors, furniture, fixtures and carpet at Treetops and Boyne Highlands in January. About $30,000 in damage was done to 12 condos at Boyne Highlands near Petoskey.