Former Shape chief faces trial

The former president of Shape Corp. in Grand Haven waived his Circuit Court arraignment on Tuesday and now faces trial on a charge of reckless driving causing serious injury.
Becky Vargo
Jul 27, 2012

Tom DeVoursney, 53, faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the charge.

DeVoursney and Dr. Anthony Wilson were both seriously injured on Sept. 18, 2011, when DeVoursney lost control of the Ford GT he was driving on East Sternberg Road in Norton Shores and it crashed into a utility pole. Wilson was a front-seat passenger.

DeVoursney pleaded not guilty to the charge when arraigned June 12 in Muskegon County’s 60th District Court. He waived his preliminary examination, which was scheduled for this past Monday, then waived the arraignment scheduled for next Monday in Muskegon County’s 14th Circuit Court, a court official said.

The next step is a pre-trial conference in a couple of weeks, the court official said. At that time, it could be determined whether or not to proceed with a trial.

During Monday's hearing, the court lifted the zero-tolerance condition of DeVoursney’s bond, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brett Gardner said.

“He had already participated in a program and the accident was not related to alcohol or drugs,” Gardner explained.

DeVoursney remains free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

His attorney, Eric Boeschenstein, declined to comment.

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