Morse pleads guilty to Montcalm County murder

Posted at 2:54 PM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 15:13:46-05

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Alan Morse pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the death of Alan “Dale” Nelson, according to the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office.

Morse, 48, was charged with killing the 80-year-old at Nelson’s home in the 500 block of Nelson Drive on Nevins Lake.   Nelson was found shot to death at the home March 29 after a series of home invasions.

As part of a plea deal, Morse will spend between 26 and 75 years behind bars for the murder charge and seven other charges related to Nelson’s death and home invasions in the area, according to the prosecutor’s office.   He was also ordered to pay restitution.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Morse was initially charged in July with open murder, felony murder, first and second-degree home invasion and two charges of felony firearms in the case.  He was behind bars on unrelated charges of home invasion and possession of child pornography when the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office issued charges in the Nevins Lake case.

Judge Donald Hemingsen previously granted a motion to suppress his murder confession, ruling that it was obtained illegally and violated his Fifth Amendment rights.