More jail time for woman who hid husband from police.

January 4, 2016
Abigail Dutton weeps during a pretrial hearing in 27th Circuit Court as she stands next to her attorney John Greer.

Abigail Dutton weeps during a pretrial hearing in 27th Circuit Court as she stands next to her attorney John Greer.

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HART — The 27-year-old Shelby woman who was sentenced to jail last month for a conviction of harboring a felon is looking at additional jail time after pleading “no contest” to accessory after the fact to a felony in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Jan. 4.

Abigail Delight Dutton, of 64 S. Michigan Ave., hid Patrick George, who was accused of a hit-and-run accident with a skateboarder.

Dutton, who was convicted of harboring a felon, was sentenced last month to serve 30 days of a nine-month discretionary jail sentence, which she had already served. She testified that she aided in the concealment of George.

George was arrested last August for his involvement in a hit-and-run crash on Hayes Road in Shelby Township, July 24. Although, the charges against him were dismissed without prejudice, because a witness did not appear in court, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon. “Dismissed without prejudice” means that the prosecution can charge him again. The witness was not necessary in the case against Dutton, Bizon said.

Skateboarder Mitchell Gray Mather, 17, received up to five fractures to his leg when he was struck by a 1997 silver four-door Ford Taurus near 72nd Avenue at 10:22 p.m. He underwent reconstructive surgery at Hackley Campus Mercy Health Muskegon.

George reportedly fled the scene and was on the lam for approximately a month until his arrest.

Dutton pleaded “no contest” Monday due to the potential of civil liability, said her attorney John Greer. In exchange for her plea to the five-year felony, Dutton will not be sentenced to prison.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 23 at 9 a.m., and Dutton was remanded to the county jail pending sentencing.

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