2012-12-27 / Front Page

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Area murder case sees conclusion

MANISTIQUE – A case that baffled many in the community came to a close earlier this year. In January, Nicholas Alexander Smith, 22, of Manistique was sentenced to 13 to 20 years in prison for the stabbing death of his brother in 2011.

Smith was originally arrested in March 2011, after officers from Manistique Public Safety were called to the apartment he shared with his brother, 26-year-old Michael Peter Clement Smith. Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered Michael dead from apparent stab wounds. Nicholas was arrested and charged with open murder, a charge that would have allowed a jury to consider either a first- or second-degree murder charge.

On the same day he was set to go to trial in November, Smith changed his plea from not guilty to no contest for second-degree murder.

Smith was given credit for 313 days already served in the Schoolcraft County Jail and was ordered to pay $198 in fines and costs.

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