Man pleads to 2014 hit-and-run death

A previous mug shot of Steven Wemple from the Muskegon County jail.

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WOOD/AP) — A man who hit a pedestrian northwest of White Cloud last year has entered into a plea deal.

Steven Wemple, 36, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to an amended count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death, a five-year felony, and being a third-time habitual offender.

A plea agreement calls for a minimum sentence of at least 30 months in prison.

Sentencing guidelines call for a minimum of between 12 and 36 months and a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison due to the habitual offender charge.

The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office says Wemple struck and killed 61-year-old Steven Jones as he walked in Merrill Township on Sept. 24, 2014.

Kent County prosecutors were investigating Jones in the July 9 death of Jeff Dykehouse, a 51-year-old Grand Rapids photographer. Authorities say Jones struck Dykehouse’s bike from behind.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 29.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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