FLINT, Michigan – Three young Michigan men who were teenagers when they were part of a stone-throwing incident that killed a motorist on Interstate 75 have been put on probation after spending more than three years in custody while that their case was blocked in court.
The court hearing on Tuesday ended a saga that began in 2017 when Ken White was struck by a stone thrown from an overpass in Genesee County. He was a passenger in a van.
“I wish I could reverse those regrettable bad decisions,” said Mark Sekelsky. “I never intended to hurt anyone and now I have to live with it knowing that I was involved in someone’s untimely death.”
Sekelsky, 19, Trevor Gray, 18, and Mikadyn Payne, 19, appeared in Genesee County court. Their case went on for years due to a dispute over whether they would be treated as minors or adults.
Judge Joseph Farah refused to honor the prosecutor’s office’s request to treat them as minors. But the Michigan Court of Appeals said in May that Farah overstepped his authority by blocking the deal.
The three stood in front of another judge, Duncan Beagle, who asked them, “What were you guys thinking?
“I don’t think we thought at all. We were just stupid kids,” Sekelsky said.
After completing a year of probation, the three will not have a criminal record, defense attorney Frank Manley said.
The person accused of actually throwing the stone, Kyle Anger, now 21, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in 2019 and was sentenced to 39 months in prison. It was released in january with credit for time spent in jail prior to his plea.