ROGERS CITY - A former Rogers City police officer will plead guilty to three misdemeanors in Presque Isle County Circuit Court, according to his attorney.
Daniel John Kulik, 40, waived his preliminary exam Tuesday morning, and Dan White told 89th District Court Judge Maria Barton a plea deal has been reached instead. In August, Kulik turned himself in to police after he was charged with tampering with evidence, misconduct in office and possession of valium, according to a release from the office of Daryl Vizina, Cheboygan County prosecutor.
Kulik originally was charged with three felonies due to his alleged actions while working as an officer on the Rogers City Police Department, according to the release. Originally, he was facing up to 17 years in jail.
In exchange for his pleas, the original felony charges against Kulik will be dropped, White said. He'll plead to a misdemeanor of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle while hunting, and two misdemeanor forms of misconduct as a police officer. The first has a maximum two-year jail term, and the other two have a maximum one-year jail term.
Kulik likely will be arraigned in circuit court in December, with sentencing to follow at a later date, White said.
In a telephone message, Vizina said there is no plea agreement "as of yet."
White also asked Barton to modify Kulik's bond terms, one of which forbids him from drinking alcohol.
"I can say with certainty, the investigation which led to charges against my client included no references to any types of alcohol abuse," he said.
White said Kulik doesn't abuse alcohol, and made the motion because Kulik will be going on a hunting trip with family in November. Barton denied the motion.
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