Local man enters guilty pleas

FAIRMONT – A man facing serious felonies in two separate cases has entered guilty pleas to charges of criminal sexual conduct and obstructing the legal process.

Adam Robert Schultz, 20, of Granada, formerly of Fairmont, entered the pleas Thursday morning.

He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating an order for protection last month.

Schultz faced charges of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct, along with a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation and four misdemeanor charges of domestic assault, stemming from an incident in May 2013 when he physically and sexually assaulted his then-girlfriend.

On Thursday, Schultz pleaded guilty to the charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct under an Alford plea, meaning the defense admits the evidence the prosecution has would likely persuade a jury to find Schultz guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but Schultz still does not admit to the crime.

In the second case, Schultz was charged with second-degree assault along with a felony count of obstructing the legal process. He also was charged with felony counts of fleeing police in a motor vehicle, first-degree criminal damage to property and driving while impaired-refusal to test.

Schultz admitted on Thursday that during the overnight on March 1, he fled a Fairmont police squad car that attempted to pull him over, and rammed the squad car, causing serious damage.

The pursuit ended when the vehicle Schultz was driving collided with a giant flowerpot at a greenhouse on Albion Avenue.

Schultz also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for violating the order for protection held by the woman who was the victim in the criminal sexual conduct case. Schultz admitted he had another woman send text messages to his former girlfriend, and he told the woman what to say and send.

Assistant Martin County Attorney Mike Trushenski stated the victim and victim’s family have been involved in the plea agreement and agreed to it.

In exchange for the pleas, the remaining charges will be dismissed, and Schultz is expected to serve at least 180 days in jail.

On the criminal sexual conduct conviction, Schultz will likely receive a 48-month stayed prison sentence and up to 15 years of probation, and up to five years probation on the obstructing the legal process conviction.

Schultz also could be looking at a $2,000 fine for the criminal sexual conduct conviction and a $1,000 fine on the obstructing the legal process conviction.

However, the specifics of sentencing will be determined by a pre-sentence investigation.

Sentencing will be scheduled in August.