Former deputy, two others charged in joyriding case

CRYSTAL FALLS—A former Iron County sheriff deputy and two other men were charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle in Iron County Trial Court on July 23.
    Former deputy Anthony Juventino Silva, 25, of Crystal Falls along with Stanley George Marcell, 49, of Alpha and Alex Thomas Nordang, 25, of Iron River are accused of taking a Michigan State Police patrol car on a 2-mile “joyride” through an Iron River neighborhood on March 8.
    Unlawful use of a motor vehicle is a two-year high court misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years or a $1,500 fine. All three were given a first offense notice, which could reduce the penalty to a 90-day misdemeanor or a $500 fine.
    The three were arrested by the Michigan State Police Iron Mountain post in early July. Because of possible conflict of interest, the case is being handled by the Marquette prosecutor’s office.
    During Silva’s arraignment hearing, Marquette Assistant Prosecutor Autumn Gruss said that Silva had agreed to a plea agreement in which he would plead guilty to misdemeanor joyriding in exchange for a recommendation of community service rather than incarceration. But Iron County Judge C. Joseph Schwedler said that was all premature.

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