Michigan teens charged in deadly I-75 rock throwing case take plea deal

32-year-old man killed by rock thrown from overpass in Genesee County

A court hearing was held Monday for five Michigan teenagers charged with murder in connection to a deadly rock-throwing incident on I-75 in Genesee County.

Kyle Anger, 17; Mark Sekelsky, 16; Mikadyn Payne, 16; Trevor Gray, 15; and Alexander Miller, 15, are all from Clio, Mich. They were arraigned Oct. 24 on charges including second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and six felony counts of malicious destruction of property.

On Monday, all defendants except Anger accepted plea deals. The second-degree murder charge was changed to manslaughter while all other charges were dropped. 

Anger's attorney had a family emergency so he did not appear in court Monday. He is expected to accept the same plea deal at a later date. 

What happened

Police said the teenagers damaged several cars the night of Oct. 18 when they threw rocks off at least two overpasses in Vienna Township. Kenneth Andrew White, 32, of Mount Morris Township, was in a van at the time heading south on I-75 when the windshield was struck by a large rock in Vienna Township, police said. The rock went through the windshield and hit White, who was in the passenger seat. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Sheriff Robert Pickell said he wasn't willing to call the incident a prank, since it resulted in a death.

"It's not a prank," Pickell said. "It's second-degree murder. I don't think anybody's laughing. You make a bad decision, you could be spending the rest of your life in prison. This is not a prank."


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