St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough pled guilty this week in relation to a bond violation.
McDonough appeared Tuesday via Zoom before Kalamazoo County District Court Judge Vincent Westra. The proceeding stems from McDonough’s purchase and consumption of alcohol while on bond for a drunken-driving charge in Lockport Township.
The alleged DUI in May resulted in McDonough’s arrest.
McDonough waived his rights to a hearing Tuesday and instead entered his plea of guilty. In exchange for the plea, Westra agreed to drop a separate bond-violation charge.
The 40-year-old McDonough confessed to having a drinking problem and admitted he feels powerless over the addiction.
Assistant Attorney General Gregory Townsend asked Westra to sentence McDonough to an in-patient treatment program. McDonough’s attorney Michael Hills, however, requested a delay in deference to McDonough’s commitment to an intensive outpatient program and a 12-step sobriety program.
Westra said accountability and treatment are critical, and he plans to hold McDonough to those standards and expectations.
McDonough’s trial on the drunken-driving charge is scheduled to begin Nov. 24.