Boyne City man convicted of setting fire to car, threatening witnesses
Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:14:45 GMT —
A 25-year-old Boyne City man was convicted of six charges for setting fire to a parked car in Charlevoix County last summer.
Robert Cronk was found guilty of six charges including fourth degree arson, malicious destruction of property, witness intimidation, and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Jurors deliberated for just an hour and a half before rendering their verdict, according to the Charlevoix County Prosecutor.
The arson charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, as does the malicious destruction of property charge. Witness intimidation carries a four year maximum and furnishing alcohol to a minor carries 60 days.
The charges stem from a fire that occurred in June of 2013. Three witnesses testified that they saw Cronk set fire to a 2011 Ford Ranger in the parking lot of the Auto Value Parts store on N. East Street in Boyne City.
The fire spread to another vehicle in the parking lot and caused considerable damage, the prosecutor reports.
After the fire, witnesses testified that Cronk threatened to harm them if they told anyone.
He is scheduled for sentencing on February 28.
Cronk is the brother of Steven Cronk, the man who pled guilty to second degree child abuse last week.