Jestila sentenced to 1 year in jail

HOUGHTON – The former owner of Backroom Multi-entertainment in Houghton was sentenced to a year in jail Monday for providing marijuana to minors in January.

Michael Jestila, 47, of Houghton pleaded guilty last month to four counts of providing a controlled substance to a minor, an eight-year felony. At his plea hearing, he said he had given a cousin marijuana at his home in January.

Prosecutor Michael Makinen said the parents of the cousin had asked for the maximum sentence.

“Jestila is an adult who should know better not to be giving minors drugs,” he read. “That’s been expressed to me by more than one individual involved in this.”

Makinen also said Jestila hadn’t accepted responsibility for his actions.

However, Jestila said he acknowledges his guilt.

“I wouldn’t have agreed to my plea bargain if I didn’t realize I was guilty,” he said.

Several charges were dismissed in exchange for the guilty pleas, including a 20-year felony of possession of 50 to 449 grams of cocaine, heroin or other narcotics. Jestila also had to forfeit the Backroom building to Houghton, and can no longer do business within the county.

He also forfeited personal property in the building.

Jestila also operated a business in Marquette that was closed down under a plea agreement in a case that involved a charge of delivery and manufacture of an ingredient in synthetic marijuana.