Kinsey takes plea deal in murder investigation

News Photo by Julie Riddle Bruce Kinsey, right, appears in the 26th Circuit Court with attorney Bill Pfeifer on Monday.

ALPENA — Two Michigan assistant attorneys general appeared in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court this morning for a plea hearing for Bruce Kinsey, of Hubbard Lake, accused of interfering with a murder investigation.

Kinsey, 37, pleaded guilty to lying to a police officer during the state’s investigation into the 2021 deaths of Alpena teen Brynn Bills and Alpena woman Abby Hill.

According to the plea agreement, the Attorney General’s Office will recommend a sentence of two years’ probation, with the first year to be served in the Alpena County Jail.

As part of the agreement, the Attorney General’s Office, represented in court by Assistant Attorneys General Danielle Hagaman-Clark and Gage Wakula, dismissed a charge of perjury under an investigative subpoena.

Because the Attorney General’s Office questioned Kinsey in a murder investigation — which could lead to a sentence of life in prison if someone is charged and convicted — the charge dismissed in Kinsey’s case could also have led to a life sentence.

The Attorney General’s Office said Kinsey lied about the location at which he picked up Brad Srebnik and Joshua Wirgau — men who police have connected to the deaths of Bills and Hill — at an unspecified date.

That lie came during questioning at the Michigan State Police-Alpena Post in February, Kinsey said in court today.

No charges have been filed in either death. Police said last month that they expect those charges in the near future, originating from the Attorney General’s Office.

Hagaman-Clark told The News she would not comment on whether Kinsey agreed to help that office with its investigation as part of his plea agreement.

She did not say when she expects charges regarding Hills’ and Bill’s deaths.


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