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Bond upheld in rape case

ESCANABA — Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge Mary Barglind denied a Rapid River man’s motion for a personal recognizance bond or bond modification recently.

The opinion and order comes after no decision was made at a bond modification hearing held in Delta County Circuit Court on May 30 for the man involved in an upcoming criminal sexual conduct trial. Barglind said she would issue her written decision in a few days following the hearing.

James Michael Greenlund, 19, of Rapid River, was arraigned in February on one count of criminal sexual conduct – first degree (during felony) and criminal sexual conduct – third degree (person 13-15). The charges stem from an alleged incident in August 2018 in Masonville Township. Two other individuals are facing charges stemming from this incident — Tanner James-Arthur Cannon, 17, of Gladstone, and Hunter Grizz Gallagher, 18, of Gladstone.

Cannon is charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct – first degree (accomplices). Cannon has already accepted a plea deal.

Gallagher is charged with criminal sexual conduct – first degree (accomplices) and criminal sexual conduct – second degree (accomplices). Gallagher is also facing charges in a second criminal sexual conduct case with another codefendant, Dylan Michael-Patrick McDonough, 19, of Gladstone.

Greenlund is lodged in Alger County Jail in Munising on a $600,000 bond.

At the hearing Barglind heard arguments from both sides and said she had some issues that she wanted to give more thought before making her decision on Greenlund’s bond. She is presiding over the case after granting Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej’s motion in April to have joint trials with dual juries for the codefendants involved in the cases.

In Barglind’s opinion and order that was filed June 14, she said despite the assurances from well-intended family members, she had to agree with Delta County District Court Judge Steven Parks that those assurances will not ensure Greenlund’s behaviors. Parks had originally set Greenlund’s bond at $600,000.

“This Court finds bond was appropriately set under these facts and circumstances in the amount of $600,000 cash or surety,” Barglind’s statement said.

Barglind also stated she was willing to move the nine-day jury trial sooner and would be willing to switch the jury trial dates by moving the Gallagher/McDonough trial to October and the Gallagher/Greenlund trial to the July 29 commencement date. She added she was also willing to meet with Kolodziej and the defense attorneys of Gallagher and Greenlund to find other dates that may be sooner.

“The Court will leave it up to either counsel to initiate a conference call with the Court and other counsel to discuss rescheduling if that is what is desired by Defense counsel,” Barglind stated.

As of right now, a Gallagher/McDonough motions hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in the probate courtroom, with their trials starting July 29. The Gallagher/Greenlund motions hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 19 in the probate courtroom, with their trials scheduled to start on Oct. 22.

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