Fremont man pleads ‘no contest’ in drunk driving death case.

September 13, 2021

Fremont man pleads ‘no contest’ in drunk driving death case.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 45-year-old Fremont man pleaded “no contest” to operating while intoxicated causing death in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Sept. 13, in connection to the death of Geneva Mae Shivley, 39, of Fremont.


In exchange for his plea, Joseph Ramiro Auger faces a four to 15-year prison term.

Shivley was a passenger in the vehicle that Auger was driving the night of Nov. 17, 2020 on Wilke Road in Greenwood Township.

 “A second count of DWLS (driving while license suspended) causing death was dismissed,” said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon. “With the approval of representatives of the victim’s family, it was agreed he would serve a 48-month to 15-year prison sentence.”

Shively was critically injured and transported by ambulance to Mercy Health in Muskegon, where she died Nov. 21.

Auger crashed into a tree shortly before 9 p.m., said Prosecutor Bizon, and he was not injured. The crash was investigated by the Michigan State Police. 

Sentencing before Judge Bradley G. Lambrix is set for Nov. 22 at 8:30 a.m.

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