County's Lone Trial Judge Retiring This Year

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CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) -- A man who has been the only Circuit Court judge in Shiawassee County for nearly 30 years says he won't run for re-election.

Gerald Lostracco could run one more time before turning age 70, the limit under Michigan law. But he tells The Flint Journal that three decades "by any standard" is a "good length of time."

Lostracco was first elected in 1985. The courthouse is in Corunna, 25 miles west of Flint.

Attorney Matt McKone says Shiawassee County is losing a pillar of the community. County Prosecutor Deana Finnegan says she cried when she heard the news.

Lostracco's cases included the 2009 trial of Harlan Drake, who killed an Owosso abortion protester and a businessman.

Lostracco will have more time for a favorite pastime: the accordion.

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