A former long time Berrien County Prosecutor has died after a battle with cancer.
James Cherry lost his battle with throat cancer over the weekend.
He was diagnosed with the illness in the summer of 2005 and took some time off.
Then last summer, he stepped down to fight the disease and was replaced by Arthur Cotter.
The chief judge of the Berrien County Trial Court issued this statement.
"Jim Cherry served with distinction as Berrien County Prosecutor for more than seven years. His relentless pursuit of justice for all the citizens of Berrien County serves as a model for his successors in office and indeed for all public servants in Michigan,” said Paul Maloney, chief judge.
Maloney says the court's thoughts and prayers are with Cherry's family.
Cherry's wife Lynda Tolen is a Berrien County judge.