Iron River man pleaded guilty in Gogebic County Court.
Written by Jesse Baroka on June 24, 2019
BESSEMER — In Gogebic County Court in Bessemer an Iron River man pleaded guilty for taking a car from an Ironwood parking lot. 26 year old Kyle Cal Kontney, pleaded guilty to unlawfully driving away with a vehicle and use of methamphetamine as part of a plea agreement. The agreement also requires he plead guilty to breaking and entering of a motor vehicle to steal property less than $200 in a separate case in Gogebic County District Court. The unlawful driving charge is a 5-year felony, while breaking and entering and use of meth are misdemeanors. In exchange for the pleas, charges of possession of meth and resisting or obstructing a police officer will be dismissed at sentencing. A habitual offender designation will also be dismissed at sentencing. The plea agreement also stipulates Kontney’s sentences on the charges will be served concurrently and Gogebic County Prosecutor Nick Jacobs will recommend a sentence in the middle of the state’s sentencing guidelines. Kontney told the court that on Jan. 8 he took a truck from the parking lot of the Cloverland Cinema on U.S. 2 after he found the keys in the vehicle, but then decided he didn’t want to get in trouble and left it in the parking lot of a motel on the highway. Kontney was allowed to remain out on bond. Kontney is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 27.