College stabbing suspect pleads guilty
One of five suspects in the stabbing at Northwestern Michigan College has pleaded guilty.
According to Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney, Antonio Orozco pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rob while armed and assault with intent to do bodily harm. Both are felonies.
All other charges against Orozco were dropped in exchange for his plea.
He will be sentenced on May 2nd. He faces up to 35 years in prison.
Three other suspects, Alyssa Rodriguez, Jorge Alvarado and Jorge Vasquez-Antonio, all waived their right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
They will be back in court on April 17th for a pre-trial conference.
Pre-trial conferences are typically where the accused accepts a plea deal, or where motions are filed.
A fifth suspect, Ashley Day, will be in court on May 9th for a pre-trial conference.
Traverse City police say 21-year-old Day set up the drug deal and 17-year-old Alyssa Rodriquez drove to and from the college.
Police say they set up the fake drug deal so that the rest of the suspects could steal drugs from 35-year-old Dwight Thompson.
Police believe they would then sell those drugs for money.
Thompson was jumped by three men, hit over the head with a machete, stabbed in the left arm and also in the back.
Police were told the machete was thrown in a dumpster, but when they tried to recover the weapon it had already been removed.