Man who allegedly stole sports car reaches plea

HOUGHTON — A plea agreement appears to be in the works for a Calumet man who allegedly stole a sports car last Spring. ABC 10’s Keweenaw Bureau Reporter Rick Allen has the details.

The trial against 36–year–old Isaac Laplander will not begin in a couple of weeks as scheduled. The Calumet man was set to face a jury trial starting on January 6th. Instead, he is expected to plea that day in accordance with a plea agreement that is in the works.

Houghton County Prosecutor Michael Makinen said they have reached the outlines of that agreement but the terms are dependent upon a third party that is out of their control.
Laplander was out on bond in April following a break–in at a Calumet Auto Parts store.

It was then that police say he stole a sports car from a Calumet dealership and was later arrested in Wisconsin. That dealership has since changed ownership which has contributed to the delay in resolving the case.

Laplander waived his right to a trial within 180 days after being charged so the matter can be sorted out.