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Michigan attorney general drops marijuana charges against four defendants

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Posted at 2:17 PM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 16:54:44-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will move to dismiss all charges against four defendants in two of the three marijuana cases pending in the office's criminal division, and will offer pleas to reduced charges to most of the remaining defendants in all three cases.

“We are focusing all of our efforts and resources on the truly bad actors and those who have non-marijuana related charges,” said Nessel. “They will be held accountable and we will pursue them.”

“The dismissals against some of the defendants in these cases also reflect that they either were not major players in these marijuana cases or that the evidence is simply insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they committed the charged crimes,” said Nessel.

Charges will be dismissed against the following defendants in the following cases:

People v Mark Sochacki, Terra Sochacki, James Amsdill, Debra Amsdill, Amanda Amsdill – St. Clair County Circuit Court

  • Mark Sochacki. Charged with felony delivery/manufacture of marijuana.
  • Terra Sochacki. Charged with felony delivery/manufacture of marijuana.
  • Amanda Amsdill. Charged with conducting a criminal enterprise.

People v Landon Boggs, Tyler Stanley, Ronald Earley, William Stewart, Robert Bruton, Nichole Lathers, Mark Hanna, Daniel McCready and John Lougheed – Hillsdale County Circuit Court, Jackson County Circuit Court

  • Noelle Lathers. Charged with 2 counts of felony delivery/manufacture of marijuana and 2 counts of felony conspiracy to deliver/manufacture marijuana.

In the third case, People v Darryl Berry and Johnny Cooper, Genesee County Circuit Court and Livingston County Court (Berry only), there will be no dismissals at this time, but there may be an offer to allow a plea to reduced charges.