A Montcalm County judge in a rare action Friday agreed to a “downward departure” request and sentenced a Stanton teen to a lesser prison sentence for his role in the shooting death of a Greenville teen nearly two years ago.
A Montcalm County jury found Nicholas Bauer, 19, guilty this past May of second-degree murder, felony firearm, three charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and three charges of possessing a firearm at the time of committing assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
A Montcalm County jury found a Stanton teen guilty of second-degree murder and seven other charges late Monday afternoon after deliberating for barely an hour and a half.
The verdict came after a Montcalm County judge on Monday morning dismissed a first-degree murder charge and three counts of assault with intent to commit murder charges against Nicholas Bauer, 19, as the trial prepared to enter its second week.
Murder trial testimony Saturday morning revealed police are still searching for one teen allegedly involved in the incident more than a year ago.
Nicholas Bauer, 19, of Stanton is charged with murder, assault with intent to commit murder and two counts of felony firearms in the January 2021 shooting death of Destini Cunliffe, 18, of Greenville, as well as the shooting of a 15-year-old Greenville girl who sustained a leg injury. Bauer was 17 at the time of the incident.
A Montcalm County murder trial was plagued with problems and delays Thursday and Friday, from a disruption in the courtroom to a scuffle in the parking lot to a juror expressing her fear that someone followed her home that night to the entire jury being questioned for two hours.
A murder trial involving the shooting death of a teenage Greenville girl 16 months ago got underway Monday afternoon in Montcalm County Circuit Court.
Kevin Bartz, 23, of Cedar Springs and Nicholas Bauer, 18, of Stanton were each charged with murder, assault with intent to commit murder and two counts each of felony firearms in the January 2021 death of Destini Cunliffe, 18, of Greenville, as well as the shooting of a 15-year-old Greenville girl who sustained a leg injury in the Evergreen Township incident.