Plea deal accepted in threat case

CRYSTAL FALLS—An Iron River man accused of threatening Ski Brule agreed to a plea deal on Aug. 13.
    Michael Steven Gordon, 23, agreed to plead no contest to an amended charge of lying to a police officer in a violent crime investigation, a four-year felony.
    Gordon had been charged with one count of threatening to commit an act of terrorism, a 20-year felony, after an incident in late February. He was also charged with one count of possession of a marijuana, a one-year misdemeanor, and was given a habitual offender
 second offense notice. Those charges were all dismissed.
    A trial had been scheduled for Aug. 28-29 before the plea arraignment was accepted.
    Sentencing in the matter is scheduled for Sept. 17.
    In other court news, Dana Leigh Horton, 44, of Caspian waived her preliminary examination was pleaded not guilty to all charges involved in a meth bust in Caspian on July 20. Horton has been charged with conspiracy to commit a controlled substance–delivery/manufacture methamphetamine (a 20-year felony); delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine (a 20-year felony); operating or maintaining a laboratory (a 10-year felony); purchasing or possessing pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine (a 5-year felony); and maintaining a drug house (a two-year high-court misdemeanor).
    The other suspect in the case, Stephen Scott Horton, 52, agreed to postpone his preliminary examination until Sept. 4. Stephen Horton is charged with the same five counts.
    A pretrial conference in Dana Horton’s case has been scheduled for Aug. 27. Stephen Horton’s preliminary examination has been rescheduled for Sept. 4.    
    An Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team investigation resulted in the discovery of an active methamphetamine lab at the Hortons’ residence, according to a news release.
    Both suspects were also given habitual offender-fourth offense notices for previous convictions, including drug offenses, in lower Michigan.