7 serving time in prison for felony sentences from 2012
ESCANABA – Defendants sentenced to major felonies in Delta, Schoolcraft and Menominee counties in 2012 remain in prisons throughout the state, including seven individuals from criminal cases involving deaths or injuries.
These inmates range in age from 18-40 years and include a murderer, a drunken driver who killed someone, two child abusers, and three animal abusers.
Nicholas Alexander Smith, 23, of Manistique, charged with homicide, remains lodged in prison at the Chippewa Correctional Facility, a level II security prison.
He was sentenced to 13 to 20 years in prison on one count of second-degree murder. The sentencing took place Jan. 19, 2012 in Schoolcraft County Circuit Court.
Smith pleaded no contest to killing his brother, Michael Peter Clement Smith, 26, of Manistique, with a knife on March 10, 2011. The stabbing occurred at the apartment the two shared on River Street in Manistique.
Smith’s earliest release date is March 11, 2024, according to the Michigan State Police Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS). His maximum discharge date is March 13, 2031.
A jury convicted Richard William Jacques, 40, of Menominee, of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing death. His trial took place in Menominee County Circuit Court.
Jacques was convicted of killing his friend, Brett Kelan Ingram, 41, of Menominee, on Dec. 19, 2010. Jacques told police he accidentally struck Ingram with his van while his friend was walking on a road in Lake Township. He then hid the body in the vehicle.
On Feb. 24, 2012, Jacques was ordered to spend seven to 15 years in prison for failing to stop at the scene of an at-fault accident, resulting in death.
He was also sentenced concurrently to seven to 15 years in prison on one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing a death. He was fined on a misdemeanor of removing a dead body from the scene without the medical examiner’s permission.
Jacques earliest release date is Jan. 11, 2019 and his maximum discharge date is Jan. 11, 2027, according to OTIS. He is currently lodged at Newberry Correctional Facility, a level I security prison.
Two child abusers, each from Delta County, were convicted in separate jury trials in 2012 for incidents involving children in 2011.
A jury found Angel Dawn Micheau, 22, of Escanaba, guilty of first-degree child abuse for knowingly or intentionally causing serious physical injury to her infant daughter on April 11, 2011. A year later, she was sentenced on April 26, 2012 to six years and three months to up to 15 years in prison.
The three-month-old baby was diagnosed with second-degree burns on her back and butt, 17 rib fractures, a fractured arm, and a fractured clavicle. Micheau denied ever abusing her daughter.
Micheau is lodged at the Huron Valley Women’s Complex, a level II security prison. Her earliest release date is Jan. 19, 2018. Her maximum discharge date is Oct. 19, 2026.
Allen Joseph Brunette, 24, of Gladstone, was sentenced on June 6, 2012, on one count of second-degree child abuse by a reckless act. The habitual offender was found guilty by a jury and was ordered to spend four to six years in prison for beating a 4-year-old boy.
The child, who was being watched by Brunette while the boy’s mother was at work, suffered multiple contusions on his body and was diagnosed with a lacerated liver. Authorities were alerted of the child abuse when the mother brought her son to the local emergency room for medical care on Oct. 14, 2011.
Brunette’s earliest release date is Oct. 13, 2015. His maximum discharge date is Oct. 13, 2017, according to the OTIS website. He remains lodged at Lakeland Correctional Facility, a level II security prison.
Three Escanaba teens were convicted in 2012 on animal abuse charges stemming from a July 18, 2011, incident at a Wilson farm where three cattle were beaten. All three defendants pleaded guilty to their charges and were prosecuted as adults in Menominee County Circuit Court.
On Feb. 6, 2012, Nicholas Michael Leisner, 19, was ordered to three concurrent sentences of two to four years in prison on charges of killing/torturing animals. He is lodged at G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility, a level I security prison. The earliest he could be released is Jan. 26, 2014. His maximum discharge date is Jan. 26, 2016.
Co-defendant Peter John Sauve, 18, was also ordered to three concurrent sentences of two to four years in prison on charges of killing/torturing animals. He is lodged at the Thumb Correctional Facility, a level II security prison. His earliest release date and maximum discharge date are Feb. 3, 2014 and Feb. 3, 2016, respectively.
Chad Allan Meier Jr., 18, of Escanaba, was ordered to spend 18 months to up to four years in prison on three counts of aiding and abetting in the killing/torturing of an animal. He is lodged at the SAI Special Alternative Incarceration Unit, a level I security prison. He could be released as early as Nov. 14, 2013. His maximum discharge date is May 14, 2016.
The three purebred Angus cattle that were beaten were owned by Gary and Tammy Niarhos. Two of the animals – both pregnant heifers – had to be euthanized because of the injuries suffered. A bull recovered from several stab wounds but was not used for breeding again.