UM frat member pleads guilty to misdemeanor in ski resort damage
Gaylord — A member of a disbanded University of Michigan fraternity pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a misdemeanor charge for his involvement in vandalism at Treetops Resort in Gaylord earlier this year.
Otsego County Prosecutor Michael Rola said Wednesday that Matthew Vlasic took a plea deal for a misdemeanor charge of malicious destruction of a building of more than $200 but less than $1,000. He had been charged with a five-year felony charge of malicious property destruction of $1,000 to $20,000.
“For a first offense, if it’s not an assault or sexual assault, we often allow them to plea to a misdemeanor,” Rola said.
Vlasic will be sentenced in August or September.
Vlasic could be sentenced to as much as one year in jail and/or a fine of $2,000 or three times the amount of damage. Also, the court could order restitution, Rola said.
Rola said Vlasic’s attorney Mark J. Kriger notified him last week that his client would accept the plea deal.
Kriger could not immediately be reached for comment Monday afternoon.
Doors, furniture, fixtures and carpet were badly damaged at Treetops in Dover Township and Boyne Highlands near Petoskey in mid-January. Both resorts are in northern Michigan.
Treetops estimates $430,000 in costs from the Jan. 17-18 vandalism. Two other Sigma Alpha Mu members face misdemeanor charges of letting minors use drugs and alcohol.
Associated Press contributed.