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Brent Spaulding pleads no contest to stalking and trespassing charges

Brent Spaulding was in court on charges unrelated to Cross's murder earlier Friday afternoon.

One of five people under investigation in the 1983 murder of Erik Cross faced a judge today.

Brent Spaulding was in court on charges unrelated to Cross's murder earlier Friday afternoon.

Spaulding's trial for stalking and trespassing was scheduled to begin today, but Spaulding changed his initial plea of not guilty to no contest.

Spaulding is one of five people who the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office is recommending be charged with open murder for the death of Cross.

Cross was 16-years-old when investigators said he was hit by a car and killed in Vicksburg.

The prosecutor’s office is still reviewing the case to see if warrants will be authorized.

After Spaulding's no contest plea for trespassing and stalking, prosecutors noted his history of legal problems.

“Going back to 2013, there are several charges authorized and convictions entered against Mr. Spaulding,” Kalamazoo County assistant prosecuting attorney Jason Werkema said. “He needs to go in a different direction and leave his victim alone in the future.”

The judge sentenced Spaulding to 180 days in jail for the stalking and trespassing. However, he will likely serve 53 days after being credited for time he's already served so far.

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