Man Convicted In Alger County Case To Be Resentenced
Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered that an Upper Peninsula man convicted of drunk driving in a single vehicle crash that left his girlfriend dead more than two years ago be resentenced.
50-year old Thomas Murdock of Munising was sentenced to a minimum of two to fifteen years in prison following his conviction in Alger County Circuit Court in July 2012 on a number of charges including operating while intoxicated causing death and possession of marijuana.
He was acquitted of the more serious charge of involuntary manslaughter. The appeals court ruled the sentence was too lenient and is sending the case back to Alger County Judge William Carmody.
44-year-old Lisa Ann Hardwick of Munising was struck by Murdock’s pick-up truck June 20, 2011 as he was backing up at a camp on his property in Autrain Township near West Branch Lake along the Alger-Delta county border.
They had been smoking marijuana and both had blood-alcohol levels above the legal limit for driving. Murdock had prior alcohol-related convictions.