MENOMINEE—A pair of men were sent to prison recently in two separate cases, according to Menominee County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey T. Rogg.
Cody M. Miller, 23, Eben Junction, Mich., was sentenced June 25 to two to five years in prison for threatening to “shoot up” the Hannahville Indian School in Harris Township. Judge Mary B. Barglind handed down the sentence in the 41st Circuit Court.
Rogg said Miller pled guilty on May 19 to attempted threat of terrorism. The incident occurred on Oct. 30, 2019, when, according to a number of students, Miller drove into the school parking lot in a Ford F 150 pickup, pulled a handgun from his pocket, and said he was going “to shoot up the school” and that he “has weapons and isn’t afraid to use them,” as he walked quickly toward a group of school students.
The terrified students fled inside the school and locked the gym doors shut behind them. Officers from the Hannahville Police Department and six Michigan State Troopers quickly apprehended Miller and seized a scoped .308 rifle, a loaded .308 magazine, a 12-gauge shotgun, a box of 12-gauge shells, and a snub-nosed revolver.
In the second sentencing, Jeremy L. Bertrand, 33, Pound, was sentenced to 18 months to 20 years in prison for his role in a decoy-style human trafficking sting operation in Menominee. Bertrand’s sentence was handed down Friday by Judge Christopher S. Ninomiya in the 41st Circuit Court.
Bertrand pled guilty on June 22 to child sexually abusive activity, a 20-year felony. The conviction was a result of an incident on March 19 in which the Menominee Police Department, the Menominee County Sheriff’s office and the Michigan State Police worked in a collaborative operation with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force by chatting online with potential consumers intending to engage children in sexually abuse activity at a hotel in Menominee.
Bertrand answered one of the online ads, according to Rogg, and agreed to pay for sex with a minor, and was found to have $200 on his person for the transaction.
“There are four main purposes of a criminal sentence,” Rogg explained. “A sentence should impose a punitive consequence for the criminal behavior and off an opportunity for the rehabilitation of the defendant. More broadly speaking, a sentence should protect the public, as well as send a strong message of deterrence to others who may consider violating the same laws.”
Rogg said each of these sentences against two clearly dangerous criminals fulfilled the four main purposes of a criminal sentence.
“Mr. Miller terrorized a number of young students with this threats of gun violence, at a time when our country is wrestling with these threats on a near-weekly basis,” the prosecutor said. “There is simply no excuse for his terrorizing students in our community, and the harsh consequences imposed on him by Judge Barglind are full deserved.”
Rogg called Bertrand a “deeply, disturbed, deviant predator.”
“His sentence needed to reflect the seriousness of the offense and protect vulnerable teen-aged girls in our community from him,” he said, noting that Bertrand has young daughters of his own. “Judge Ninomiya has sent a very clear message to Mr. Bertrand and the community, that our government will not tolerate this predatory behavior in a civilized society.
“The only thing that can stop some people is a lengthy prison sentence, because the citizens of our community are simply not safe around these defendants. I appreciate Judge Barglind and Judge Ninomiya supporting me, by these prison sentences, in protecting the citizens of Menominee County.”