A Charlevoix County jury found Robert Cronk, 25, of Boyne City, guilty of six charges following a two-day trial in the 33rd Circuit Court. The jurors deliberated for just one hour and fifteen minutes before rendering their verdict.
Cronk was convicted of fourth degree arson, malicious destruction of personal property, furnishing alcohol to a minor and three separate counts of witness intimidation.
The maximum sentences for the charges are arson – five years in prison; malicious destruction of property – five years; witness intimidation – four years and furnishing alcohol to a minor – 60 days.
Charlevoix Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof tried the case for the prosecution.
The defendant’s attorney is Christopher Turkelson. Circuit Judge Richard M. Pajtas presided over the trial.
The charges arose from a fire that occurred in June 26, 2013.
Three eyewitnesses testified that they saw Cronk set fire to a 2011 Ford Ranger in the parking lot of the Auto Value Parts store on N. East Street in Boyne City. The fire spread to another vehicle in the parking lot, causing considerable damage. After the fire, witnesses testified that Cronk threatened to harm them if they told anyone.
“I am grateful to the jury for their time and consideration,” Telgenhof said. “Also to Officer Tavis Tannehill, the officer in charge, the Boyne City Police Department and the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Department, both of which assisted in the investigation.”
Cronk will be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Feb. 28, 2014 in the Circuit Courtroom.
Robert Cronk is the brother of Steven Cronk, who pled guilty to second degree child abuse last week.