‘Clown mask’ suspect rejects plea deal

By Tom Gilchrist
Staff Writer

MAYVILLE — Prosecutors plan to reduce the charges against a 30-year-old Silverwood man accused of resisting and obstructing police who reported he was wearing a clown mask outside a home on Second Street here.

Nicholas K. Koech, charged with two felony counts of resisting and obstructing police, has rejected prosecutors’ offer of a plea agreement, according to Tuscola County Circuit Court records.

Tuscola County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Eric F. Wanink said prosecutors plan to file amended charges accusing Koech of two misdemeanor counts of attempted resisting and obstructing of police, and one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass.

The felony charges carried a maximum two-year prison sentence, while the two misdemeanor counts of attempted resisting and obstructing of police carry a maximum one-year jail sentence. The misdemeanor count of criminal trespass carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail.

Prosecutors plan to dismiss the felony counts, and chose not to go to trial in Circuit Court.

“I just took a look at the case and decided it was best to proceed that route,” Wanink said.

Mayville Police Chief Tony Coln said officers were dispatched to a home along Second Street before noon on Oct. 31 — Halloween — following a 911 call from the residence. When asked why Koech came to the residence, Coln declined comment.

Koech has posted bond and remains free awaiting a pretrial conference in Tuscola County District Court. Koech’s court-appointed attorney, Midland lawyer Lisa M. Blanton, has been released and a new court-appointed lawyer will be assigned due to the fact the charges will become misdemeanors rather than felonies.

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