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Fenton Man Sentenced in Manslaughter Case

Evan James Wells was ordered Tuesday to pay restitution and serve up to 40 years in prison for his role in the 2012 death of Highland resident Ronald Smith.

Fenton resident Evan James Wells was sentenced Tuesday to pay restitution and serve up to 40 years in prison for his role in the death a Highland man.

Wells, who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, was ordered to pay $2,161.80 in restitution and serve 50 months to 40 years during proceedings Feb. 26 at the 6th Circuit Court in Pontiac, according to a press release.

The sentencing follows an altercation that occurred in 2012.

Police responded to a call from Martini’s Bar & Grill in the Village of Holly for an assault complaint on Friday, Oct. 12. Officers arrived and found a 43-year-old Highland man lying unconscious outside the bar, according to the Holly Police Department.

Rescue crews transported the victim, whom police have identified as Ronald Smith, 43, to Genesys Regional Medical Center, where he never regained consciousness and was according to police.

Police say Wells punched the victim in the face during an altercation, causing Smith to fall backward and slam his head on the cement, resulting in a severe brain injury.

Mitch Morrison February 28, 2013 at 06:47 PM
That's outrageous ! It was outrageous to charge him with a mere manslaughter charge to begin with. He was a 4th. felon on parole at the bar and started a fight which resulted in the death of another person. Second degree murder. Instead the stupid prosecutor charges the trash with manslaughter and they sentence him to just 50 months. He'll be out real soon. He'll do maybe a year more than that 50 months is all, but the parole board is going to release him because the system is strapped for funds right now, also they'll consider the fact the court must not have wanted to do more than smack his hand anyways - because that's all they did. This is as outrageous as it gets. Totally ridiculous !
GARY HOLLAND February 28, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Well Said, whats going on with how our Justice system lets habitual offenders off easy. More then dissapointing to hear stories like this. Im sure the victims family and friends will appreciate this verdict.
Jen O'Brien Brock March 05, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Hes a murderer any way you paint the picture!! It was NOt an altercation!! He sucker punched a man and caused his death! Involuntary is laughable! When you voluntarly throw a punch you have no idea what damage that can cause and in this case it was a death!! As a nurse and a long time friend of the person killed people dont realize what injuries can result from a simple punch to the head. Keep your hands to yourself, act accordingly and you wont end up taking a life. A habitual offender that will see freedom in 50months is ridiculous!! It seems that the more crimes he committed the less time he will see in our judicial sysytem. Im still shaking my head as to why he wasnt charged with murder because thats what he is - a murderer!!!!

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