Man gets prison for U.P. murder

MORAN, Mich. — A Moran man was sentenced up to 80 years in prison following a guilty plea to second degree murder in Mackinac County Circuit Court Friday.

Edward Lawrence Tallman III of Moran was sentenced to 43 to 80 years in prison. He was arrested by Mackinac County Sheriff’s Deputies on April 27, 2018 after he was suspected of committing a homicide after he had entered a home that did not belong to him.

At about 10:30 a.m. April 27, 2018, deputies and the Michigan State Police were called to a residence in Moran to investigate a suspicious person. Tallman entered a home without permission through a back door, and was confronted by the homeowner, who contacted the authorities.

Tallman had blood on his clothes and at one point began removing his clothes and walked outside. A deputy and a trooper arrived at that time and detained Tallman.

During the subsequent investigation, it was learned that the man had possibly commit a murder at a nearby residence. The deputy and the trooper checked the residence and found a dead man inside the home.

The Mackinac County Medical Examiner was notified as well as the Michigan State Police Crime Lab. Both assisted deputies with the investigation and processing the crime scene.

The victim was Larry Bigelow, 61, of Moran.

Tallman was taken to Mackinac Straits hospital for evaluation. He was later lodged at the Mackinac County Jail on charges of breaking and entering and homicide.

On May 23, Tallman pleaded guilty to homicide murder – second degree, and the other charges against him were dismissed.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies worked to make sure the case was thoroughly investigated and resolved.