A Mid-Michigan sheriff is at odds with the county prosecutor over the arrest of the sheriff’s son in a drug case.
The sheriff believes his son is being over charged, but the prosecutor disagrees.
“I’ve never seen a case like this,” Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said.
Hanson is taking issue with the way Prosecutor Tim Rutkowski is handling his teenage son’s case.
“We wanted the juvenile to be treated like any other juvenile, any first-time offending juvenile,” Hanson said.
This all started in June of last year when a state trooper pulled over a car where Hanson’s son was in the passenger seat. Hanson’s son was found to be in possession of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor in Michigan.
However, the prosecutor’s office charged him with a felony of possession with the intent to sell and convinced the teen to enter a plea to that charge.
“But the conviction would still remain. We weren’t happy with that,” Hanson said.
Hanson feels the prosecutor was trying to make an example of his son by upping the charges and publicly humiliating him.
In response, Rutkowski said that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
“If we were going to make an example out of the young man we would have said no offer,” Rutkowski said.
Rutkowski said nothing about this case was made in bias. He also said the embarrassment the sheriff’s son suffered was caused by their own hands.
“They did it based on a press release that Frank Manley, the juvenile’s attorney, put out in January on Jan. 25. This young guy deserves every opportunity to remain anonymous,” Rutkowski said.
While the sheriff and the prosecutor still don’t see eye to eye, the juvenile will be placed on probation until the end of August.
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