CADILLAC — A 37-year-old Manton man was sentenced Monday in 28th Circuit Court after he made a false threat.
Todd Andrew Beehler was sentenced to 90 days in jail with four days credited after he pleaded guilty in May to a false report of a public threat for his connection with an incident on Jan. 31 in Cadillac. The remainder of the jail sentence was to be served on an MDOC tether.
He also was ordered to pay $1,098 in fines and fees and given 18 months probation.
He originally stood mute and had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf to one count of false report of a threat of terrorism for his connection with the January incident. That charge was dismissed at sentencing as part of the agreement reached. If convicted, Beehler originally faced up to 20 years and/or $20,000 in fines.
At 7:10 a.m. Jan. 31, Cadillac police officers were dispatched to Akwel Automotive after there was the report of verbal threats made against employees at the factory, according to Cadillac Police Capt. Eric Eller at the time of the event. Once on scene, Eller said officers checked the area and secured the building.
Further investigation revealed the suspect who allegedly made the threats was Beehler who was employed at the factory, Eller said. While Cadillac police officers and deputies from the Wexford County Sheriff’s Office secured the factory building, Eller said Manton police and the Michigan State Police responded to Beehler’s residence in Manton.
Police were able to contact Beehler, who was then taken to Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital to be evaluated, Eller said in a press release issued at the time of the incident. Beehler, however, was not under arrest when he was taken to the hospital, Eller said.
The investigation was eventually forwarded to the Wexford County Prosecutor’s Office.
Wexford County Prosecutor Jason Elmore said in May Beehler was very angry when he called his mother who also works at the Cadillac factory. Elmore said, as a result, Beehler told his mother he was going to come back to the workplace and start shooting people. She told management who then called the police, he said.
"The employer did the right thing by immediately locking down their workplace and calling the police. Threats of this nature are no joke," Elmore said. "Not responding is not an option. We need to protect the workplace as well as ensure the suspect is safe and gets the services he needs.‘
Elmore said he believes the sentence, in this case, was a positive result and sends a strong message of deterrence to others that law enforcement will "respond quickly and strongly."