State Court of Appeals upholds fines set for Kenneth Brunke

Kenneth Brunke was sentenced to 225 to 360 months in prison, about 18 to 30 years, in Schoolcraft County Circuit Court on May 18.

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a $525,000 fine set for a Schoolcraft County man convicted on drug charges.

Kenneth Daniel Brunke was sentenced to 18 to 30 years in prison plus a fine of $500,000 after pleading no contest to delivering 1,000 grams or more of cocaine. He was also sentenced to time served plus a fine of $25,000 for delivering less thank 50 grams cocaine.

Brunke appeals the fines, arguing they were "improperly disproportionate."

The court disagreed, and upheld the fines.

The charges stem from an incident in April 2015 when an incinerated with three bodies inside it was discovered. Brunke was initially arrested in Illinois facing 14 charges in the case, including homicide. The homicide investigation revealed evidence of cocaine trafficking, in which Brunke was involved.

You can read more about the case in the related documents section on the right side of this article.