2017-04-20 / Community

Port Austin man could face perjury charge

By Cindy Centofanti
Staff writer • 989-269-9918 • ccentofanti@mihomepaper.com

BAD AXE — A 37-year-old Port Austin man stood mute Monday in circuit court on a charge of receiving and concealing stolen property more than $1,000 but less than $20,000.

Travis Martin Kosinski faces up five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 or three times the value of the property if he is found guilty.

Prosecutor Timothy J. Rutkowski told the court he had informed defense attorney Walt Salens prior to the arraignment a separate charge of perjury could be brought against Kosinski.

Rutkowski said the possible charge would be weighted by district court, and if found probable, could be added to Kosinski’s receiving and concealing case, or it may be withheld and tried on a separate date.

A Walker hearing may be scheduled, depending on the second charge, Salens said.

The preliminary examination hearing, which takes place in district court to determine the probability a defendant is guilty, was waived.

“Are there any other matters that we need to address other than bond at this time?” Prill asked.

“My client’s son has been diagnosed with a disease that requires treatment,” Salens said. “I ask that you not restrict travel so that he may travel with his wife to Ann Arbor so he may seek treatment with his ill son at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.”

There was no objection from Rutkowski.

“Anything regarding medical treatment for a child is allowed,” Prill said.

Prill said that the plea cut-off date is June 15. A final pre-trial is set to occur at 10 a.m. on July 17.

A two-day jury trial was set to begin at 9 a.m. on Aug. 1. Bond, with conditions, was continued and as of Monday, Kosinski remains free.

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