GRAND RAPIDS — A Howard City woman pleaded no contest Friday to drunken driving last summer, causing the death of an 8-year-old boy.
Stacy Rosset, 37, pleaded no contest in Kent County Circuit Court to operating under the influence of liquor causing death. Rosset likely will be sentenced to from two to 15 years in prison as part of a plea agreement. A second charge of operating under the influence of liquor causing injury will be dismissed in exchange for her plea.
Rosset was driving her Lexus southbound under the influence of alcohol at about 11:35 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, when she ran a stop sign at M-57 and Harvard Avenue, slamming broadside into a 1999 Chevy Venture minivan, according to the Michigan State Police.
The minivan rolled over after being hit.
Richard Mulnix of Sand Lake, who was driving the minivan, his wife, Maija, and their 7-year-old son, Dylan, all received minor injuries. Their 10-year-old son, Caleb, received serious injuries. Their 8-year-old son, Brody, died at the scene.
Rosset and her husband, Chad Rosset, had begun going through divorce proceedings before the accident. The divorce has since been finalized.
Chad Rosset said his ex-wife is “a wonderful mother” to their two children, ages 14 and 12. He said the children are “devastated” at the thought of losing their mother for two years or more.
“This has just been devastating to her, the idea that you could be partly responsible for taking somebody else’s child away from them,” Chad Rosset said. “That’s just something she’s going to have to live with for the rest of her life.”
The Mulnix family could not be reached for comment for this story.
Kent County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Becker said Rosset had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 at the time of the accident. The legal limit for drunken driving is 0.08.
“It was a case we could have tried,” Becker said. “You leave it up to the jury to decide whether (a) sign had something to do with the accident. There was also a stop ahead sign down the road that she (Stacy Rosset) missed. The Mulnixes found some mercy in their hearts. They didn’t want to go through the trial.”
Rosset is scheduled to be sentenced May 30. She did not return a message seeking comment.