Owner of Lansing party bus company convicted on insurance charge

Published: Jun. 7, 2018 at 11:26 AM EDT
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The owner of a Lansing party bus company has been convicted on a misdemeanor charge of not having insurance on a motor vehicle.

Court records indicate Christopher Staggs was found guilty by a jury on Tuesday in Clinton County District Court. His bond was canceled, and Staggs was booked into the Clinton County Jail. Sentencing is set for July 17th. Staggs' attorney says he will remain in jail until sentencing. He faces a $500 fine and up to one year in jail.

A car owned by one of Staggs' companies, 'MI Bus Rentals LLC', was pulled over on December 9th, 2017. The company was charged with not having insurance on the vehicle. Staggs is also the owner of ''

Staggs came under fire in October of 2017, when a group of MSU students got stranded after two buses booked through '' were pulled over during a trip to an apple orchard near St. Johns. Staggs was initially charged with four misdemeanor counts of not having insurance, but the charges were later dropped and replaced with civil infractions.

MDOT told News 10 in October that '' had not been licensed since September of 2016. The state had received 8 complaints about the company that year.

Staggs' attorney, J. Nicholas Bostic, tells News 10 the trial court "made assumptions about evidence shown during the trial that were incorrect."