On Tuesday, December 20th, the Honorable Christopher S. Ninomiya in the 41st Circuit Court sentenced Mitchell Bruce McCullough, 52, of Bark River, to a term of 30 months to four-years in prison for Failing to Pay Child Support. McCullough was found guilty by a plea on March 17th, 2020, for a probation violation on the underlying charge of Child Support—Failing to Pay, before absconding from his scheduled sentencing for almost three-years. The crime is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not over four-years or by a fine of not more than $2,000.00 or both. The criminal referral was made by Menominee County Friend of the Court Jodie Barrette, after her office had exhausted all attempts to collect the arrearage via the civil enforcement means available. Barrette says, “what we are doing is raising awareness of our collection efforts for the families and the children.”

Menominee County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Rogg says, “Mr. McCullough is a serial non-payer of his child support obligations, despite his demonstrated ability to work.”

Both Rogg and Barrette hope that Mr. McCullough’s harsh sentence will serve as an inducement for other parents to comply with their legal, if not moral, obligations to support their children. McCullough now has three felony convictions, besides 27 previous misdemeanor convictions.