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Alpena woman can avoid prison through TRI-CAP

Submitted by on February 13, 2020 – 12:30 amNo Comment

An Alpena woman who lied to police to protect a wanted felon may be sent to a community corrections program that offers an alternative to prison.

Rachel Ann Nevins, 32, recently pleaded guilty to a single count of accessory after the fact. In exchange, charges of possession of a controlled substance and habitual offender second offense were dismissed.

Nevins admitted in court that she lied to police in October, 2019, when asked about the whereabouts of Jared Barnett of Alpena. Barnett has spent time in prison and is currently facing a slew of charges from several different incidents. He was on the run at the time and Nevins admitted she lied to officers to help Barnett avoid arrest.

Part of Nevin’s settlement agreement would allow her to enter Tri County Community Adjudication Program (TRI-CAP) in Saginaw in lieu of a possible prison sentence. The in-patient facility offers substance abuse treatment programs, residential work placement and other programs. Sentencing is scheduled for March 16.

Nevins has previously been convicted of drug crimes. She sold heroin to a confidential informant in August 2015; and was busted for selling heroin out of the former Tuskie’s Bar and Grill in January 2016.