Trio pleads guilty to taking MSP car
CRYSTAL FALLS—The three men accused of taking a Michigan State Police patrol car for an unauthorized ride through an Iron River neighborhood in March pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of unlawful use of a motor vehicle during probable cause hearings in Iron County Trial Court on July 31.
Anthony Silva, Stanley Marcell and Alex Nordang agreed to plead guilty to a 90-day misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
The greater possible penalty of a high-court misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to two years and/or a $1,500 fine, was dismissed.
Because of a possible conflict of interest locally, the case has been handled by the Marquette County prosecutor’s office.
Silva, 25, a former Iron County Sheriff deputy, admitted at the hearing to taking the MSP car, which was being serviced at Northland Automotive and Powersports, without authorization.
Marcell, 49, and Nordang, 25, admitted to “participating in the process” of unlawfully driving away with a motor vehicle without authorization.
According to a report by the Michigan State Police filed with the Marquette County prosecutor’s office, multiple witnesses said they saw the three men take the patrol car out of the shop on the evening of March 8 with Silva driving, Nordang in the front passenger seat and Marcell in the back.