State police trooper who hosted drinking party dies in accident

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Michigan State Police trooper who spent a week in jail for hosting an underage drinking party at his Manistee County home has died in a car crash.

State police say 48-year-old Robert Marble died Friday in a two-car accident that also claimed the life of his 57-year-old mother-in-law Lucinda Gillenwater.

Radio station WKLA in Ludington says Marble was off-duty at the time of the crash.

Two 16-year-old occupants in the other car received minor injuries after their vehicle slammed into Marble's car at an intersection. Investigators say snow covered roads appear to be a factor.

Marble was sentenced in November after pleading guilty to two counts of attempting to let minors consume alcohol. He was a 20-year veteran of the state police.

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