3 in fatal Michigan rock-throwing case get probation
FLINT, Michigan (AP) - Three young Michigan men who were teenagers when they were part of a rock fall that killed a motorist on Interstate 75 were suspended after serving more than three years in prison while her case was stuck court.
Tuesday's trial ended a saga that began in 2017 when Ken White was hit by a rock thrown from an overpass in Genesee County. He was a passenger in a van.
"I wish I could take these unfortunate, bad decisions back," said Mark Sekelsky. "I never intended to hurt anyone and now I have to live with it knowing I was implicated in someone's untimely death."
Sekelsky, 19, Trevor Gray, 18, and Mikadyn Payne, 19, appeared in Genesee County Court. Their case lasted years over an argument over whether they would be treated as adolescents or adults.
Judge Joseph Farah refused to comply with the prosecutor's request to treat them as juveniles. But the Michigan appeals court said in May Farah had exceeded his powers by blocking the deal.
The three stood before another judge, Duncan Beagle, who asked them: "What did you think?"
“I don't think we even thought about it. We were just stupid kids, ”said Sekelsky.
After a year of parole, the three will have no more offenses, defense attorney Frank Manley said.
The person accused of actually throwing the stone, Kyle Anger, now 21, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in 2019 and was sentenced to 39 months in prison. He was released in January with credit for the time he served in prison before making his pleading.
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