Photo of the 8 people in court - from the LSJ
LANSING (LANSING STATE JOURNAL) - Eight people arrested during December right-to-work protests at the state Capitol pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor charge and will not face jail time.
As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, the charge will be further reduced if they stay out of trouble before a September sentence hearing.
Also as part of the agreement, the sentence will not include any jail time.
All eight pleaded guilty in 54A District Court to attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer, which is punishable by up to a year in jail. If they comply with all conditions of their bonds, the charge they pleaded to will be further reduced to disorderly conduct, a 90-day misdemeanor.
They were arrested during protests Dec. 6 as the state House and Senate debated right-to-work legislation. All are from Detroit or suburban Detroit.
Each had faced up to two years in prison on a felony resisting and obstructing charge.
They have been free on $50 cash bonds set after they were arrested.
The eight defendants are Stephen Cousins, Scott Holiday, Chreda Troutman and Benjamin Wilkins, all of Detroit; Joshua Kersting of Southgate; Brett Matthews of Inkster; Eric Noyes of Beverly Hills; and Ida Sinclair-Williams of Pontiac.
Lansing State Journal