Morley man pleads no contest in kidnapping

BIG RAPIDS — A Morley man awaits sentencing after accepting a plea agreement in a kidnapping case from July.

Kristopher Jay Chipman, 32, entered a no contest plea to one count of accosting a child for immoral purposes on Monday in Mecosta County’s 49th Circuit Court. A charge of kidnapping was dismissed and the prosecutor recommended Chipman not serve any time in prison.

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Accosting a child for immoral purposes is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

Chipman was arrested in July after a 13-year-old Morley girl reported that Chipman had tried to pull her into his van while she walked home from a friend’s house on Three Mile Road.

The girl testified in a preliminary examination in July that Chipman pulled up next to her and asked if she wanted a ride, telling her, “It’s not good for girls like you to be walking in the heat like this,” according to court transcripts. The girl said he then tried to grab her arm, but she was able to break his grasp, hit him and run home.

A no contest plea, while not an admission of guilty, is treated the same way as a guilty plea for purposes of sentencing. It protects the defendant from any civil liability.

Chipman is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. on April 1 in circuit court.

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