MASON, Mich. (LANSING STATE JOURNAL) - An 18-year-old Eastpointe man pleaded guilty this afternoon to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with an incident that resulted in the death of a Michigan State University freshman last year.
In exchange for the guilty plea, two other charges - furnishing alcohol to a minor causing death and third-degree criminal sexual conduct - against Marquez Cannon were dropped.
He is expected to be sentenced to at least six years in prison at a May 8 hearing, according to the plea agreement.
Cannon and Dishon Tyran Ambrose, 20, of Detroit, were arrested following the March 2012 death of 18-year-old Olivia Pryor.
The three were drinking March 18 along with Pryor's roommate in her South Hubbard Hall dorm room.
Pryor, of Roseville, had passed out from drinking liquor provided by Ambrose, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing in October. She was found unresponsive the next morning.
DNA evidence and testimony at the preliminary hearing suggested Cannon sexually assaulted Pryor and her roommate.
Cannon told Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette that he was guilty of the CSC charge, pausing shortly before responding to Collette's question of what he did. He responded by telling Collette the specifics of a sex act.
His attorney, Cena White, declined to comment following the hearing.
Ambrose, who faces charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor causing death and accessory after the fact to first-degree criminal sexual conduct, was ordered to stand trial. No court date has been set.
LANSING STATE JOURNAL