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Parolee pleads guilty to murder, other murder charges dismissed

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Some of the murder charges against the Midland man at the center of a multi-state manhunt have been dismissed.

Gregory Rose plead guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of assault with great bodily harm less than murder and additional charges. In return the open murder and felony murder charges, along with other charges, were dismissed.

Prosecutors said Rose broke into John Kutrieb’s Geneva Township home on Nov. 12, 2015 and assaulted him.

“I woke up getting beat up,” Kutrieb said.

Kutrieb described his injuries during one of Rose’s three preliminary hearings, the final one wrapped up on Jan. 28.

Rose faced criminal charges in three separate cases: two assaults, including Kutrieb’s, and the murder of Connie Pajunen.

He was bound over to stand trial on seven counts related to the murder investigation. He was arraigned, and his lawyer entered a plea of not guilty. 

The trial for Pajunen's murder was scheduled for August.

Rose also plead guilty to two counts of home invasion in the first degree, tampering with an electronic monitor, arson in the second degree, carrying a weapon with unlawful intent and unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle.

The additional charges that were dropped include armed robbery, unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle, two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon with intent and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Rose is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 22.

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