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Area man pleads no contest in accosting case

MANISTIQUE – A Manistique man has pleaded no contest in a case involving the alleged accosting of a minor. The plea was entered and accepted last week during a hearing in 11th Judicial Circuit Court.

Daniel L. McDougle, 49, of 7334W Riverview Dr., Manistique, faced charges relating to an incident occurring in Hiawatha Township in August 2012.

The no contest plea was applied to one count of accosting, enticing or soliciting a child less than 16 years of age for immoral purposes, a felony punishable with up to four years in prison and/or a fine of $4,000; and one count of aggravated indecent exposure – is a high court misdemeanor, punishable, in most cases, as a felony, with up to two years in prison and/ or a fine up to $2,000.

The third original charge – one count of conspiracy to commit accosting, enticing or soliciting a child less than 16 years of age for immoral purposes – was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

“Part of that agreement requires truth in testimony … in subsequent proceedings against his current wife, should there be any,” he said.

McDougle’s estranged wife, Kathy J. McDougle, 40, of 5225 18.9 Lane in Gladstone, is set to appear in court on Oct. 24 for related charges in the same case.

McDougle’s attorney, John Filoramo, explained his client had been under the influence of prescription drugs the night of the alleged incident.

“He was on prescribed hydrocodone, valium, and Motrin 800 for a bad back, and he’s sketchy on some of the facts, and so I had suggested that maybe a no contest plea would be appropriate,” he said.

McDougle is set to appear for sentencing on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m., and his bond was continued.

Guilty plea entered in assault, home invasion

MANISTIQUE – A Manistique man pled guilty to three felony charges in 11th Judicial Circuit Court last week. He faced charges in two separate cases, the most recent an alleged assault on Aug. 28.

Gordon Daniel Baker II, 35, was arrested on Aug. 28 following an incident at 226 Range St. in which Manistique resident Michael Henry Chapek, 51, was injured.

Baker originally faced three charges in that case: first degree home invasion, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison; assault with intent to commit murder, a felony punishable by up to life in prison; and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Baker entered a guilty plea to the assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder charge.

In a separate case, involving multiple incidents in August, Baker pled guilty to home invasion, second degree; and breaking and entering.

The remainder of the charges in both cases was dismissed.

Baker is considered a habitual offender, fourth offense, which will be applied to his plea agreement, and may increase any prison time.

The prosecution agreed to a maximum jail cap of 20 years on the charges, with no minimum amount of time set.

Baker will appear in circuit court for sentencing on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.

He remains lodged at the Schoolcraft County Jail.

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