A gym owner arrested in a steroids probe pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Tuesday and likely won’t serve any jail time, according to authorities.
Aaron J. Diprima, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of an analogue, a two-year felony, during a hearing in Van Buren County Circuit Court, said Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carrie Klein. He was facing a charge of delivery/manufacture of the anabolic steroid Fluoxymesterone, a seven-felony.
In exchange for DiPrima’s plea, Klein said, prosecutors at sentencing will recommend he get probation and the chance to have the felony removed from his record if he completes probation if he cooperates with prosecutors and testifies truthfully against co-defendant Robert P. Kusmack, 33, a former Paw Paw police officer.
Diprima, according to his Facebook page, is owner of some of the Strength Beyond gyms in the area.
Kusmack, whose employment with the Paw Paw Police Department was terminated May 19, is charged with possession of Fluoxymesterone, a two-year felony. A hearing on evidence against him is scheduled for July 28.
The charges against Diprima and Kusmack were authorized last month by the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office, which was assigned as a special prosecutor by the state attorney general’s office because of Kusmack’s previous working relationship with the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office while a police officer.