BAY CITY, MI — A Bay City woman who falsely told police her car had been vandalized in a misguided effort to get her boyfriend out of an assault charge has accepted a plea deal.
She’s unlikely to be incarcerated for her feloniously poor judgment.
Angela R. Seidel, 36, on Thursday, July 20, appeared before Bay County District Judge Mark E. Janer and pleaded no contest to one count of false report of a felony. The charge itself is a four-year felony. She faced no other charges.
As part of her plea deal, the prosecution is recommending Seidel receive a delayed sentence rather than imprisonment. If she gets the delayed sentence, she’ll effectively be on probation. If she’s then successful on probation, she’ll be allowed to replace her felony plea with a misdemeanor plea.
By pleading no contest, Seidel did not verbally admit to having committed a crime. Janer, who acted as a Circuit Court judge, had to rely on police reports contained in court files to enter a conviction on the record.
Those reports state that just before 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, police responded to the Seidel’s home in the 300 block of Alpin Street. Seidel had claimed to have witnessed an assault police had responded to less than an hour earlier.
Seidel told police she had seen the ex of her 30-year-old boyfriend, Shaun A. Boice, attack him with a pipe. During the assault, the woman smashed the window of Seidel’s 2006 Pontiac G6, she alleged.
A police lieutenant inspected the Pontiac and saw damage more consistent with a sideswipe-style collision than being struck with a pipe. Its driver’s side window was broken and its side mirror was missing.
When the lieutenant told Seidel of his conclusions, she said only some of the damage was inflicted by her boyfriend’s ex. The lieutenant told her if she insisted her car was vandalized, he’d pursue charges against her for filing a false report, but she persisted in her claim.
Nearly 12 hours later, Seidel called police again for a hit-and-run complaint. She told the responding officer that about 2 p.m., her Pontiac was parked on the street when someone crashed into it and fled. The officer inspected the scene and saw no shattered glass or debris indicating a crash had recently occurred.
The officer told Seidel he was familiar with the story she had told the lieutenant earlier that day, but she insisted some of the damage was caused in a hit-and-run.
Boice remains charged with misdemeanor domestic violence.
Circuit Judge Joseph K. Sheeran is to sentence Seidel at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5.