FLINT, MI – Charges against former Thetford Township Police Chief Robert Kenny have been reinstated and he will be scheduled to stand trial on embezzlement and obstruction of justice charges after a circuit court judge overturned a district court judge’s decision to dismiss the charges last fall.
An investigation by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office determined that Kenny, in his role as police chief, came into possession of military equipment that had been transferred to the township through a federal program, later sold the equipment, and then wrongfully converted the proceeds to his personal use. Based on evidence from the investigation into Kenny’s actions, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton authorized the felony embezzlement and obstruction of justice charges against him.
On September 9, 2019, 67th District Court Judge Vikki Bayeh Haley dismissed the charges against Kenny at the conclusion of the preliminary examination. Prosecutor Leyton subsequently appealed Bayeh Haley’s decision. On April 3rd, Circuit Court Judge David Newblatt ruled that Bayeh Haley abused her discretion in dismissing the charges and he ordered the case be remanded to district court in order to be bound over to circuit court.
“Obviously, I am in agreement with the circuit court’s ruling on this matter,” said Prosecutor Leyton. “We will be continuing the fight in this case to see that justice is served, corruption in local government does not go unheeded, and Robert Kenny is held accountable for his actions,” Leyton said.
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