Beck receives up to 20 years in prison for strangulation

July 16, 2013

LUDINGTON — Donald Jacob Beck received a sentence of 34 months to 20 years in prison today for assault/strangulation habitual offender, third offense. The sentence stems from an April 26, 2013 incident against two Ludington women.

On June 4, Beck refused a plea agreement from Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. Since that time, however, he chose to accept the agreement.

Beck, 25, of 503 1/2 N. William St., Ludington, was charged with felony charges following his arrest by Ludington Police Department for the offenses that took place in the 500 block of East Melendy Street.

Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett said the charges stemmed from alleged forcible, non-penetrating touching and strangulation of two women ages 17 and 21.

On June 11 Beck was sentenced to two concurrent terms of one year, five months to eight years in prison for probation violation from Sept. 11, 2012 convictions of controlled substance – less than 25 grams, second offense, and controlled substance – possession of a non-narcotic, second offense. He was credited with 288 days served in jail. At that time he was also sentenced to one year, five months to four years with credit for 238 days served, for probation violation from a May 31, 2011 conviction for controlled substance – possession of a non-narcotic, second offense.

All cases run concurrent.

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