Four Houghton County Cases

In Houghton County Circuit Court today, former Houghton business owner Michael Jestila appeared briefly as his attorney made a motion to postpone the trial against his client.

Jestila is facing two drug-related charges stemming from a search of Backroom Multi-Entertainment in Houghton in December of 2011, back when he owned the business.

The trial, originally set for January 22nd, was moved back to April 15th.

22-year-old Jaymez Riggins, a Washington state native who had been living in Laurium, was sentenced to a year in jail for third-degree fleeing and eluding police following an investigation into a break-in at Harter’s Party Store in Calumet in November.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the charges of attempted larceny and three counts of malicious destruction were dismissed.

Riggins was also credited with 58 days time served.

27-year-old Joshua Adkins of Laurium was sentenced to nine months in jail for soliciting a child for immoral purposes.

Adkins had been charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct allegedly involving an 11-year-old girl last March.

Those charges were dropped in a plea agreement.

With credit for 291 days time served, Adkins will be allowed to return to his home state of Oklahoma but must register as a sex offender for the next 25 years.

25-year-old Philip Provost of Houghton pleaded no contest to two counts of breaking and entering with intent.

Provost is accused of breaking into The Loading Zone Restaurant and Morty’s Gas Station, both in Lake Linden, last July.

The no contest plea was allowed because Provost had a blood alcohol content of .024% at the time of his arrest and was reportedly not able to remember the incident.

He is expected to be sentenced to a minimum of 29 months in jail in accordance with a plea agreement.

Sentencing will take place in three weeks.