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March 20, 2014

Woman faces perjury charges

TRAVERSE CITY — A Kingsley woman is accused of lying about being attacked by an ex-boyfriend at her home.

Brandy May Neibert, 31, faces two felony charges after she claimed her ex-boyfriend broke into her home in December, threw her into a table, and threatened to kill her, according to reports from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect, Trevor Michael Walton, 25, faced several charges, including first degree home invasion, domestic violence and interfering with electronic communications and up to 20 years in jail.

Neibert was the only witness who testified against Walton during his preliminary hearing in December. Her testimony prompted a district judge to send Walton’s case over to the circuit court, according to reports from the sheriff’s department.

But authorities subsequently dismissed the case against Walton.

Police reports stated that Neibert claimed in court she hadn’t seen or exchanged text messages with Walton in the months prior to the alleged attack at her house. But Walton’s defense attorney, Janet Mistele, had contradictory evidence.

“I have photographic evidence and messages that proved she was lying about continuous contact with my client over the past few months,” Mistele said. “It absolutely refuted the claim my client had broken into her home.”

Neibert eventually admitted she let Walton into her house and he didn’t break in, according to the reports.

Neibert is charged with perjury, which carries a maximum 15 year sentence, and false report of a felony, which carries up to four years in prison. She’s scheduled to appear in court again on March 31.

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