Four Michigan teens have accepted a plea deal that will allow them to avoid second-degree murder charges for allegedly throwing a six-pound rock off an overpass, killing a man driving below.
Prosecutors will drop 10 of the 11 charges against Mark Sekelsky, 17, Mikadyn Payne, 16, Alexzander Miller, 16, and Trevor Gray, 15, and change the murder charge they were previously facing to manslaughter. According to MLive, in exchange, the four boys will testify against Kyle Anger, 18, the fifth suspect charged in the case.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Keneth Andrew White, 32, was fatally struck October 18 after the teens allegedly threw a large rock of Dodge Road overpass on southbound Interstate 75 in Genesee County. The rock reportedly traveled through White’s windshield and hit the husband and father of four on his head. The teens were accused of throwing at least 20 rocks off the overpass on the day in question.
WJRT reports that Monday’s plea agreement also included a sentencing deal with the judge. However, it’s unclear what the sentencing deal entails.
“I’m devastated still over the whole incident. I’ve lost not only my son, I’ve lost my best friend,” the victim’s mother, Theresa Simpson, told MLive. “I miss him every day…One day I’ll come to peace with this. One day, I will forgive them children, but as far right now I have too many emotions going on. I’m very hurt. I’m very lost.”
Anger’s attorney wasn’t present in court Monday due to a family emergency, leading the judge to grant a brief adjournment. The 18-year-old’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month.
[Featured image: Genesee County Sheriff’s Office]