GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A western Michigan man accused of firing at his neighbors' home during this year's historic flooding, then looting their waterlogged belongings has decided not to contest the charges against him.
Thirty-six-year-old Mark S. Vandermolen of Comstock Park pleaded no-contest Monday to felonious assault and guilty to malicious destruction of property and home invasion in Kent County Circuit Court in Grand Rapids. He faces sentencing Nov. 6 to charges that carry up to 4 years in prison.
Authorities say Vandermolen had a long-running conflict with Bruce and Rebecca Ling. They live near the Grand River, which reached record levels in this spring's floods.
Authorities say Vandermolen shot at the home April 18, forcing Rebecca Ling to seek cover. They say he later ransacked the house as the family was away.
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