Former Eaton County prosecutor, judge passes away

He protected people by prosecuting criminals for more than 20 years.

Then he donned the robes to oversee their trials as a judge.

Jeff Sauter died overnight after devoting more than a quarter century to the citizens of Eaton County.

Sauter worked in the Eaton County prosecutor’s office as a an assistant prosecutor and as Chief Assistant before getting elected to the post. He served as Eaton County Prosecutor starting in 1991. He was re-elected to the post numerous times before Governor Rick Snyder appointed him to serve as a Circuit Court judge in 2013.

Voters elected him to a full term in 2014, but Sauter retired last month, part-way through his term, because of an illness.

Sauter didn’t just serve as a judge. He worked with a number of professional organizations, including the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Board and was once president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

He attended Central Michigan University and got his degree from Cooley Law School.

Services for Sauter will take place at the South Church at 5250 Cornerstone Drive in Lansing on Friday, June 3rd.

The visitation will take place at 9:30 a.m. and the funeral will begin at 11 a.m.

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