BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The host of a rave in southern Mecosta County during which several people were hospitalized has returned to Michigan to face criminal charges.
James Michael Taylor, 21, waived his preliminary examination Monday in Mecosta County District Court, sending his case on to trial. He faces a charge of furnishing a place for consideration, a felony punishable by up to a year in prison.
Taylor owns the Hinton Township property where more than 2,000 people attended a rave advertised as “Project P” early this month. Officers from seven law enforcement agencies were called to the scene. Several people were hospitalized — some for overdosing on drugs or alcohol. One woman claimed she was sexually assaulted.
Mecosta County Prosecutor Peter Jaklevic told 24 Hour News 8 that Taylor’s attorney convinced him to return to Michigan from California, where he had fled after learning there would be charges in connection to the rave.
Taylor was briefly in the Mecosta County Jail, but was released after posting a $10,000 cash or surety bond.
A circuit court trial date has not yet been set.