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A Case of Two Court Cases Involving Lakeshore Men Today


UNDATED (WHTC) - A 17-year-old Park Township man goes before a judge again, while a 67-year-old Holland man learns his fate today.

The preliminary hearing into assault with intent to commit murder charges against Eric Ortega resumes this afternoon before Holland District Court Judge Brad Knoll. Ortega is accused of stabbing his unnamed 32-year-old roommate in an altercation at the apartment unit they shared in the 144th Avenue-Quincy Street area of Park Township on December 14th. Prosecutors began last Thursday presenting testimony claiming that the victim suffered several critical wounds in the neck, and another man had minor cuts attempting to break up the fight. Ortega remains held on 750 thousand-dollars bond, and could face life in prison if convicted.

Meanwhile, Lawrence McCoy, already jailed on state embezzlement charges, could get more than five years in federal prison when he is sentenced by US District Court Judge Janet Neff in Grand Rapids today. McCoy had pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud for allegedly taking over 690 thousand dollars in investor money over a 12-year period that ended in 2007, although he continued to hide evidence for two more years after that. Prosecutors claimed that McCoy posed as a financial planner, promising to put the funds in mutual funds, but instead using the cash to buy a home for an ex-wife.