Carson City man pleads guilty to vehicle theft, drug possession

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:21 am on Friday, April 20, 2012

Brandon Devers of Carson City, left, listens as his attorney, Eric Holt of Greenville, speaks to the judge on Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

STANTON — A Carson City man charged with multiple crimes in four separate cases pleaded guilty Thursday to four charges.

Brandon Devers, 28, was charged with arson of personal property and receiving and concealing stolen property (a motor vehicle) in one case, possessing meth, possessing marijuana and fourth-degree fleeing and eluding a police officer in a second case and unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle in two other cases.

Devers pleaded guilty Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court to two charges of unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding a police officer in the fourth degree and possession of marijuana. He admitted to Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger that he stole a Ford truck from a Bloomer Township residence on Feb. 16, stole a GMC Jimmy from a Richland Township residence on March 5 and fled from a Michigan State Police trooper in Crystal Township on March 5.

The other charges will be dismissed if Devers truthfully testifies against two unnamed defendants in the future. Devers faces from 16 months to five years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date. Devers is currently housed in the Montcalm County Jail.

Michigan State Police troopers investigated the breaking and entering of a building in the Carson City area on March 5, where meth lab components were left behind. Information was developed on a suspect and his possible location, as well as a GMC Jimmy, which had been stolen that morning.

The stolen vehicle was seen on Crystal Road. A traffic stop was attempted, but Devers refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. Devers attempt to evade a trooper by traveling at a high rate of speed over the distance of several miles, committing numerous traffic violations in the process.

Devers eventually stopped when he was unable to elude the trooper. He had several felony warrants out for his arrest, in addition to the other charges.

The vehicle was identified as being stolen from a residence on Church Road in the Vestaburg area in the early morning hours. Upon a search of the vehicle, meth and marijuana were located and seized.

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