COLDWATER, MI – A Coldwater man who was charged in connection with the death of a bicyclist north of Kinderhook, Michigan, will not have a jury trial on April 19th as originally planned.
A plea bargain was formally filed in Branch County Circuit Court on the case. According to court documents, 29-year-old Jacob Daniel Ward entered a no contest plea to Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death.
In exchange for his plea, charges of Reckless Driving Causing Death, Moving Violation Causing Death, Use of Methamphetamine and Use of Marijuana are being dismissed by Branch County Prosecutors.
Also being dropped is the Habitual Offender fourth offense sentencing enhancer.
Sentencing has been scheduled for May 1st.
Under Michigan law, Ward is looking at a prison sentence of up to 15 years and fines as high as $10,000.
The incident involving the bicyclist happened almost two years ago.
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