Newaygo Co. commissioner to pay for vehicle vandalism

Steven Johnson during a meeting of the Newaygo County Commission on Jan. 7, 2015.

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WOOD)– A Newaygo County commissioner accused of damaging nearly a dozen vehicles at a dealership he once owned will have to pay for damages.

Court officials told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday that a Newaygo County judge ordered Steven Johnson to pay restitution to Freedom Chevrolet in Fremont. Johnson was accused of damaging 11 vehicles at the dealership, which he once owned and managed. Police said they used DNA evidence to link Johnson to the March 2014 crime.

Johnson pleaded no contest to malicious destruction of property less than $200 as part of a plea deal in August. In return for his plea, prosecutors dropped a charge of felony vandalism.

As part of his punishment, Johnson must also pay $625 in fines as well as court fees. He is still listed as a commissioner on Newaygo County’s website.

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