State Rep. Genetski Found Guilty For Drunk Driving

State Representative Bob Genetski and his attorney, Mike Nichols, sat quietly as the jury of two men and four women found Genetski guilty for operating while intoxicated, Tuesday.

The verdict put an end to a drunk driving case that started when he was arrested in January, following the State of the State address.

Nichols said he respected the jury's decision.

"You can just do your best to try and appeal to what they're think and put in the best case," said Nichols.

After the last witness was questioned, each attorney gave their closing statements to the jury.

"You can't change this man's status from not guilty to guilty unless you find that the prosecution has presented evidence that proves the case beyond reasonable doubt," said Nichols during his statement.

Prosecuting attorney, Russel Church urged the jury to look at the evidence the same as they would for any other person.

"You have the same duty to him that you have to any other citizen to hold him accountable to that conduct," said Church.

After each statement, the jury took more than two hours to reach a verdict. One that Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings was happy with.

"We never look at who somebody is or what their position is," said Dunnings. "We just look at what they did and what is the law."

Genetski, who is running for reelection, will be sentenced in 30 to 45 days. He faces up to 93 days in jail and could get several thousand dollars in fines. He will automatically get six points on his license with this conviction.


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