**For Immediate Release**
Contact: Douglas R. Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, 517-543-4801
November 13, 2019
Melinda Sanders Completes Diversion
Douglas R. Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, announced this morning, that the criminal charge pending against Melinda Sanders for failing to return rental property to the Charlotte Public Library was dismissed after Sanders requested and was granted the opportunity to complete a diversion through the Economic Crimes Unit of the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Sanders, through her attorney Lyonel E. Woolley of Grand Ledge, contacted prosecutor Lloyd on November 5, 2019, and requested that Sanders be permitted to complete the diversion that she had previously been offered and failed to take advantage of.
On November 12, 2019, the criminal charge against Sanders was dismissed on condition that she complete diversion. As part of the diversion, Sanders agreed to pay restitution to the Charlotte Public Library and pay a program fee to the ECU. In addition, Sanders agreed to issue a statement acknowledging the Charlotte Public Library had done nothing improper, that she had failed to return the rented materials, that she was advised in person in July of 2019 by the library that she needed to contact the ECU, and that she failed to do so. To this point, Sanders has paid the restitution and program fee.