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ESCANABA — Individuals were recently entered pleas in unrelated cases in Delta County Circuit Court.

Dustyn Alexander Mcnellis pleaded guilty to a count of police officer – assaulting/resisting/obstructing on Oct. 8. In exchange, the prosecution will dismiss another count of police officer – assaulting/resisting/obstructing. A sentencing date for Mcnellis has been set for Nov. 19. Bond was revoked.

Ashley Lynn Johns pleaded guilty to a count of controlled substance – possession of meth/ecstasy on Oct. 8. In exchange, the prosecution will dismiss two counts of controlled substance – possession/analogues. Additionally, a recommendation will be made that Johns be sentenced to attend drug court in Brown County, Wis., where she stated she is being considered for this program for a conviction in the county. Successful completion of the program will not result in Johns’ controlled substance – possession of meth/ecstasy count being dismissed. It was also noted that this will be a recommendation from the prosecution and not an agreement, and that Johns would not be allowed to withdraw her plea if she is not accepted into the program. A sentencing date for Johns has been set for Nov. 19. Cash/surety bond was set at $130,000.

Jeffrey Jay Willette pleaded guilty to a count of attempted sex offenders – failure to comply with registration act on Oct. 8. In exchange, the prosecution will dismiss two counts of sex offenders – failure to comply with registration act and a habitual offender third offense notice. A sentencing date for Willette has been set for Nov. 19. Willette posted a $250 cash bond with conditions.

Peter Stephen Walls pleaded no contest to the following three counts on Oct. 2: assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation, police officer – assaulting/resisting/obstructing, and assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault). The prosecution will recommend a delay of sentence regarding the third count. It was noted this was not part of a sentencing contract. A sentencing date for Walls has been set for Nov. 13. Cash bond was set at $500,000.

Nicole Marie Meyers pleaded guilty to a count of attempted controlled substance – delivery/manufacture (Schedules 1, 2, and 3 except marijuana, meth, ecstasy, and cocaine) on Oct. 1. In exchange, the prosecution will dismiss a count of controlled substance – delivery/manufacture (Schedules 1, 2, and 3 except marijuana, meth, ecstasy, and cocaine). A sentencing date for Meyers has been set for Nov. 13. Cash bond was set at $2,500.

Robert James Murray pleaded guilty as charged to a count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation on Oct. 1. A sentencing date for Murray has been set for Nov. 13. Murray posted a $75,000 10 percent surety bond.

Benjamin Arther Wyatt pleaded guilty as charged to a count of motor vehicle – unlawful driving away on Oct. 1. A sentencing date for Wyatt has been set for Nov. 13. Bond was set at 10 percent of $7,500.

Trisha Marie Gough pleaded guilty as charged to two counts of operating — while intoxicated — occupant less than 16 — second or subsequent offense notice on Oct. 1. A sentencing date for Gough has been set for Dec. 3 at 1:15 p.m. Gough posted a $2,000 cash bond.

James Steven Mclendon pleaded guilty to a count of operating – while intoxicated – third offense on Oct. 1. In exchange, the prosecution will dismiss a count of operating – license suspended, revoked, denied – second offense, a habitual offender second offense, and three associated civil infractions (no proof of insurance, no license plate, and refusing PBT). A sentencing date for Mclendon has been set for Dec. 3. Mclendon posted a $1,000 personal recognizance bond with tether.

James Hardwick pleaded guilty to a count of operating – while intoxicated – third offense on Oct. 1. In exchange, the prosecution will dismiss a count of operating – license suspended, revoked, denied – second offense. A sentencing date for Hardwick has been set for Dec. 3. Hardwick posted a $1,000 personal recognizance bond with tether.

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