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UPDATED: Felony against driver in U.S. 131 fatal rollover will be dropped in plea deal

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ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A 20-year-old Grand Rapids woman facing felony charges for driving under the influence causing death had those charges dropped Monday.

Police say Alyssa Stark was high when she crashed her car on US-131 in Wayland Township in March with three teens inside, killing one of them.

Newschannel 3 was in court for the surprise twist in the case Monday.

Stark admitted in court that she had marijuana in her system the night she drove three teen girls, including Alexis Brown-Hohnson down US-131.

But now, instead of facing two felony charges, she'll be sentenced for two misdemeanors.

It was revealed in Allegan County District Court Monday that Alyssa Stark was accepting a plea deal that no longer included felony charges for a crash that led to the death of 15-year-old Alexis Brown-Johnson.

The teen's family and friends were in the courtroom, often in tears. Stark's family and friends were also present in support.

On March 19, just before 3 a.m., Stark lost control of her vehicle and rolled it into a ditch along southbound US-131, in Wayland Township.

Brown-Johnson was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene.

The two other teens suffered minor injuries.

In court Monday, Stark admitted to a judge that she had been using marijuana before the crash.

Stark was initially charged with two felonies--operating while intoxicated causing death, and operating while intoxicated causing serious injury.

Monday, she pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated, and no contest to a moving violation causing death--both misdemeanors.

Stark's attorney declined to comment, and we are still waiting for the Allegan County Prosecutor to explain Monday’s decision.

From here Stark will be sentenced.

She faces a maximum of 93 days in jail, two years probation, and will have to pay restitution.

Newschannel 3 will continue to follow the case.


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