Schaub takes plea deal in homicide case

Jeneva Schaub was arraigned in Manistee County’s 19th Circuit Court on Nov. 27, 2017. Schaub entered a plea of no contest to one count of second degree murder on Monday. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate).

Jeneva Schaub was arraigned in Manistee County’s 19th Circuit Court on Nov. 27, 2017. Schaub entered a plea of no contest to one count of second degree murder on Monday. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate).

MANISTEE — Jeneva Schaub, of Manistee, entered a plea of no contest to one count of second degree murder on Monday, during a hearing in Manistee County’s 19th Circuit Court.

In exchange for the plea, Jason Haag, county prosecutor, said a charge of open murder will be dismissed.

The court entered a Cobbs agreement on Monday, in which Judge David Thompson said Schaub will be sentenced to 12-25 years in prison. Under the Cobbs agreement, if the judge alters the proposed sentence at the sentencing hearing, the defendant is able to withdraw the plea and proceed to trial.

“It’s recommended of the people that the sentence is not to exceed 12 to 25 years in prison,” Judge David Thompson said. “The people are agreeing to dismiss count one, which alleges open murder.”

Schaub was arraigned on Aug. 9 in Manistee County’s 85th District Court on a felony charge of homicide/open murder, following the death of Bruce Schaub. On Aug. 8, Bruce suffered a fatal stab wound; he was pronounced dead at Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital shortly afterward.

During a testimony at the preliminary examination on Nov. 7 in the district court, Officer David Shands II, with the City of Manistee Police department, said on Aug. 8, he found Jeneva hovering over an unconscious Bruce, with the area covered in blood.

When Shands arrived on the scene that morning, he said a 10-year-old child, who initially called 911, asked the police to help his father.

During the hearing on Monday, Janet Mistele, Schaub’s attorney, said Schaub was under the influence of alcohol during the incident on Aug. 8; however, there’s no evidence of exactly how much she consumed.

“I’ve had further discussions with my client… I believe we have reached a plea agreement,” said Mistele. “Officers testified at the preliminary examination that she was under the influence (of alcohol) at the time — that would be the reason for (entering) the plea.”

After reviewing an extensive amount of evidence, Haag said the plea deal would also help to prevent a minor, who was deemed a witness in the case, from having to testify at the trial.

“I believe that would be a just plea agreement,” said Haag. “Looking back at the incident, there appears to have been extensive turmoil (that night).”

A date for sentencing has yet to be scheduled; Schaub’s bond has been revoked.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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