MI Newspaper Employee Charged With Photographing Dead Body In Grave


Video from a fatal airplane crash in Boyne City, Mi., is causing a local Charlevoix County News staffer some turbulence of his own, reports the Petoskey, Mi., News. Michigan State Police arrested Damien Leist, 38, for “photographing dead body in a grave,” a felony in Michigan with a maximum two years in prison and possible $5,000 fine.

Leist is being charged for misleading law enforcement to capture video images of an airline crash where two men died. Police allege that Leist and a second man asked two Charlevoix County deputies for permission to go to the crash scene and were denied because remains were still at the location. When the two deputies left to refuel vehicles, the two men allegedly lied to two new reserve deputies and told them the county undersheriff had previously given them permission.

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