February 8, 2016

Former Standish City Manager to appear in jury trial


STANDISH — On Oct. 6 former Standish City Manager Tori Kelly’s attorney William Brisbois notified the 23rd Circuit Court in Arenac County that Kelly would not be accepting a plea bargain for embezzlement charges, meaning the case will now be decided by a jury.

Kelly faces four separate charges of embezzlement by a public official over $50. The penalty per charge for Kelly, if found guilty, could be as stiff as ten years incarceration or $5,000.

Jury selection is set to begin on Oct. 26. Circuit Court Judge William Myles had announced he would not accept a plea deal after Oct. 7.

Kelly was fired by city council in October 2008, after being suspended with pay in May 2008, for allegedly misappropriating city funds and tax revenues, and for allegedly receiving pay from the city, such as mileage reimbursements, that was owed to her.

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