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Judge denies motions for man convicted of striking, killing child while fleeing from police

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) - (06/16/14) - A Genesee County judge has denied motions for the man who struck and killed a Flint girl while he was fleeing police.
Mark Blount wanted to withdraw his plea or be re-sentenced for killing 13-year-old Misty Kurmas in September of 2011.

Blount crashed into her on Saginaw near Tobias in Flint. He was running from a Michigan State Police trooper at the time of the accident. 

He pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter and operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license, but now says his plea was coerced and his attorney was ineffective.

Blount's last hearing has been adjourned so prosecutors could respond.

We heard a little bit of that response, Monday.

"With regards to the ineffective counsel claim, my initial reaction, when I reviewed this, was, 'You have to be kidding,'" said special assistant Attorney General Barney Whitesman.

There were three points Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Archie Hayman addressed Monday - ineffective counsel being one of them.

Hayman said there was nothing on the record supporting that. No basis for that claim.

Blount also contends his life sentence constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and that his sentencing guidelines were misscored.

Hayman went through Blount's previous near dozen convictions, pending charges at the time of the crash and how that little girl was killed.

She was walking to church with other children when Blount struck her.

Blount's attorney, Susan Walsh, said he can appeal Monday's decisions and will.
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