2014-10-16 / Courts

13th Circuit Court

Chief Judge, Philip E. Rodgers, Jr. Judge, Thomas G. Power

Michael E. Burr Jr., 22, of Elmwood Township, was sentenced in 13th Circuit Court on Wednesday to three months in jail with credit for 11 days served, followed by18 months probation on two counts of possession of child sexually abusive material.

The two sentences are to run concurrently. Burr, of 8405 Forest Dr., is also to pay fines and costs of $548.

Burr pleaded guilty to the charges in a plea agreement in September; in return, three charges of child sexually abusive activity and one charge of using a computer to commit a crime were dismissed.

Burr was arrested in July following a joint investigation by the FBI and the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office, according to court records. Burr was using a peer-to-peer file sharing program that allowed five videos containing child sexually abusive material to be distributed to law enforcement officers, according to the court record.

In other Circuit Court proceedings last Wednesday, Oct. 8:

 Sentencing for Hope M. Jackson, 36, of Suttons Bay, was postponed for six months.

Jackson, of 1000 S. Pineview Road, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement in September to maintaining a drug house. Charges of maintaining a drug house where controlled substances are kept or sold and delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine were dismissed.

Jackson was charged in connection with the July raid of a home at 4955 S. French Road in Centerville Township, where methamphetamine was being manufactured.

Robert A. Sonderman, 38, who lives at the Centerville Township address, was charged with maintaining a drug house where controlled substances are kept or sold.

Sonderman remains in the Leelanau County Jail; his cash/surety bond is set at $100,000. His final conference is set for Nov. 24.

 William C. Conklin, 24, of Honor, was sentenced to 11 months in jail with credit for 77 days served followed by 36 months probation for charges of attempted home and attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer.

Charges of first degree attempted home invasion and resisting and obstructing a police officer were dismissed in September in a plea agreement.

In another case, Conklin was sentenced to 11 months in jail with credit for 68 days served to be followed by 36 months probation for a charge of breaking and entering; a charge of second degree home invasion was dismissed in a plea agreement.

The two sentences are to run concurrently. Conklin will pay fines and costs totalling $964.

The charges stem from the May 6 break-in of a home on South Shore Drive in Suttons Bay Township in which the resident was at home, and the July 16 attempted break-in of another Suttons Bay residence.

 Christian B. Andrews, 43, of Lake Leelanau, was sentenced to serve two to seven and 1/2 years for domestic violence, third offense. In return, two charges of assault with a deadly weapon were dismissed.

Andrews, who was sentenced as a habitual offender, will pay $198 in fines and costs.

The case stems from a July 24 incident in Lake Leelanau in which Andrews, of 4515 E. Duck Lake Road, assaulted a 39-year-old Benzonia woman, cutting her hand with a knife, according to a court file.

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