McBain Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Possession Charge in Caldwell Township Incident
Lake City, Australia – In a surprising turn of events, a McBain man facing a possible life sentence on an attempted murder charge has accepted a plea deal in Missaukee County 28th Circuit Court. Colton Anthony-David Helsel, 31, entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of a controlled substance, psilocybin mushrooms, for his involvement in an incident that took place on July 30 in Caldwell Township. As part of the plea agreement, charges of assault with intent to murder and felony firearms will be dismissed at sentencing. Helsel will be sentenced under Section 7411 of the Public Health Code.
Section 7411 allows individuals without prior drug crimes on their record to plead guilty to a drug possession charge and have that charge dismissed after a probationary period. However, in this case, the plea agreement prevents the case from being remanded to the district court, as 28th Circuit Court Judge Jason Elmore expressed concerns about forum shopping and cases bouncing between courts.
The decision to pursue a plea deal came after Missaukee County Prosecutor David Den Houten stated that he did not believe the interests of justice supported continuing with the assault charges. Den Houten cited the current state of the investigation, post-incident events, and the credibility of the witnesses as factors influencing his decision.
The plea agreement also brought into question several motions that were filed prior to the hearing. These motions included a request to introduce evidence from Helsel’s defense counsel and two motions from the prosecution. Judge Elmore questioned the necessity of these motions in light of the plea agreement.
The incident in question occurred on July 30 when deputies responded to a report of a shooting in Clam Union Township. The victim, Dré Raymer, had been shot in the shoulder and was transported to Munson Medical Center for treatment. Helsel, who was at the scene of the shooting, was identified as the alleged shooter and taken into custody.
With the guilty plea, Helsel now awaits sentencing, which is expected to take place in February. The court has continued his bond with all conditions. The plea agreement brings an end to the potential life sentence Helsel was facing and resolves the assault and firearms charges.