Man gets 75 days for drug sale

ALPENA–An Alpena man who pleaded guilty to drug charges was sentenced Monday in the 26th Circuit Court.

Jacob Kuchnicki of Alpena was arrested earlier this year when he attempted to sell an illegal narcotic to a member of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, according statements in court on Monday. Kuchnicki was deemed eligible for Holmes Youthful Trainee Act status, allowing him to keep the felony offense off of his record if he complies with terms of sentencing.

He was sentenced to 75 days in jail with credit for time served, plus 18 months’ probation and 40 hours of community service.

Joel Bauer, Kuchnicki’s attorney, told the court and his client that HYTA sentencing was akin to an Alpena Aggregate truck hanging from a cable over his client’s head. If Kuchnicki abides by the terms of the sentence, “the truck and cable go away.”

If not, Bauer said, what happens is nobody’s fault but Kuchnicki’s own.

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Also on Monday, an Alpena man was sentenced Monday to two to four years in prison for assaulting and injuring a police officer.

Joshua Worthington was arrested in April for resisting and obstructing an officer, his fourth such conviction since 2008.

Visibly upset about the sentence, which was at the upper end of the guidelines, Worthington issued a string of obscenities toward Judge Michael Mack of the 26th Circuit Court before being ushered from the courtroom by law enforcement.

Following his removal, the defendant was assessed 93 days in jail for contempt of court, to be served following his release from prison.

Julie Riddle can be reached at 989-358-5693, jriddle@thealpenanews.com or on Twitter @jriddleX.