Imwalle found GUILTY!
Written by Jesse Baroka on January 27, 2023
BESSEMER – An Ironwood Township man was found guilty Wednesday following a one-day jury trial in Gogebic County District Court, according to Gogebic County Prosecuting Attorney Nick Jacobs, 32-year-old Brett Thomas Imwalle, (Em-wall-lee), was charged with the crime of malicious use of a telecommunications service stemming from an investigation conducted by the Michigan State Police- Wakefield Post last May. While investigating a neighbor’s complaint of harassment by Imwalle, officers attempted to make contact with Imwalle at his home. Imwalle refused to meet with the officers and remained in his home. Imwalle then made a total of 26 successive phone calls to Negaunee Regional Dispatch that evening asking what the officers wanted and why were they at his gate. Imwalle was repeatedly advised by the dispatchers that he was tying up their dispatch services and he should go outside to talk with the officers to no avail. Imwalle then made 7 more calls to the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department complaining that the officers were trespassing on his property. The prosecution presented only one witness in support of his case, Trooper Logan White. During his testimony, White confirmed and played a series of the dispatch recordings that were preserved by dispatch. The jury deliberated for 30 minutes and found Imwalle guilty of the charge. Malicious use of a telecommunications service is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and/or a 1,000.00 fine. Imwalle remains free on bond pending sentencing which has been scheduled for February 27. “The services provided to our community by 911 or the dispatch center in Negaunee must not be abused in such a way that response times to real emergencies by law enforcement are delayed or compromised,” said Jacobs. “This case sends a strong message to those who would think otherwise.”