Former Michigan Senate member sentenced to probation for 2015 incident
DETROIT – Former Michigan State Sen. Virgil Smith plead guilty to malicious destruction of property and reckless discharge of a firearm on Wednesday. Smith was charged in 2015 in connection to a shooting incident that involved his ex-wife. READ: Former Michigan Senate member pleads guilty to felony, misdemeanor chargesSmith has been back and forth in court over the last few years, even serving jail time. “The incident happened that evening following a text message from Ms. Thomas. Ms. Thomas was the one who initiated.
Ex-Macomb County prosecutor Eric Smith faces up to 21 months in jail following guilty plea
Former Macomb County prosecutor Eric Smith is no stranger to a courtroom, but Friday he was just another defendant. United States Attorney Matthew Schneider said the FBI had been investigating Smith for more than a year. “Our state has seen a number of public officials who have sworn to uphold their oaths and then they violated that,” Schneider said. Smith was given a $10,000 unsecured bond, he can’t leave the state without approval and has to surrender his CPL. He faces up to 21 months in custody and a $250,000 dollar fine.
Former Macomb County prosecutor Eric Smith pleads guilty to obstruction of justice
Former Macomb County prosecutor Eric Smith faced a federal judge Friday in connection to an alleged embezzlement scheme. Smith said he had told three people -- two assistant prosecutors and a friend -- to lie about he use of campaign funds. Smith faces up to 20 years in prison, but will likely serve less than two years on the federal charge. He is also facing charges of embezzlement and racketeering for his spending of $600,000 from an obscure Macomb County forfeiture fund. Of that $20,000, Smith gave the consultant $5,000 and kept the remaining $15,000, which he used for his own personal use.
Former Michigan Senate member pleads guilty to felony, misdemeanor charges
DETROIT – The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday former Michigan state Sen. Virgil Smith Jr. pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor charge. According to authorities, Smith pleaded guilty to the felony charge of malicious destruction of property over $20,000 or more, and the misdemeanor charge of reckless discharge of a firearm. Smith accused Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy of vindictive prosecution in 2019 after an earlier guilty plea was changed. RELATED: Former Michigan state Sen. Virgil Smith speaks about moment his political career fell apartIn 2016, Thomas testified that she went to Smith’s home on Wexford Street and she found another woman naked in the bed. The other charges Smith was arraigned on -- felonious assault, domestic violence assault and battery and felony firearm -- were dismissed as a part of the plea.
Feds say Macomb County prosecutor had secret stairwell talk, asked others to lie to FBI about scheme
PREVIOUS: Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith resigns amid corruption chargesSchneider said Smith has been charged with the federal felony charge of obstruction of justice. Prosecutor Smith also urged his associate to lie to a federal grand jury.Schneider said Smith also tried to get the assistant prosecutor who received the $20,000 check to lie about the case. In February 2020, Smith went to that assistant prosecutor inside the Macomb County Prosecutors Office and spoke to them in a stairwell, officials said. He made sure the assistant prosecutor didnt have a cellphone that could record what he said in the stairwell, Schneider said. Smith told the second assistant prosecutor to lie to federal law enforcement officers investigating the campaign fund.
Actress Lori Loughlin, husband plead guilty in Varsity Blues case
Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges in connection with securing the fraudulent admission of their two children to the University of Southern California as purported athletic recruits, the U.S. Attorneys Office District of Massachusetts announced Thursday. Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, both of Los Angeles, Calif., will plead guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton on a date to be specified by the Court. Loughlin will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while Giannulli will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud. Loughlin and Giannulli are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the college admissions case. We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions, said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.
Rochester teacher sentenced to at least 4 years in prison for sex with students
ROCHESTER, Mich. – A Rochester teacher charged with having sex with two of her high school students, and giving one of those students drugs, has been sentenced to at least 4 years (51 months) in prison. Kathryn Houghtaling, 26 at the time, was charged in Jan. 2019 with six counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second-degree. Houghtaling was a first-year teacher who taught special education at Rochester High School. The maximum sentence for the crimes is 15 years in prison, but it was not expected that she would be sentenced to serve above the minimum 51 months in prison. Sources say Houghtaling had sex with the boys at an apartment and one time in a car, while other students watched.