79th District Court sentencings as of May 21

May 23, 2014

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor.

LUDINGTON – The following were sentenced this past week in 79th District Court:

–       Brandi Kai Cressell, 23, of 1755 Marilyn Dr., Ludington, was found guilty Mary 13 of operating while impaired by liquor. She was sentenced to one day in jail with credit for one day served; $1,145 in fines and costs; outpatient treatment; 90 days discretionary jail for one year; must attend next session of Victims’ Impact Panel; no alcohol/drugs; and subject to random preliminary breath tests (PBTs). Conviction reportable to the Secretary of State (SOS).

–       Roberto Mendoza III, 30, of 6366 E. Minke Rd., Walkerville, was found guilty May 13 of driving while license suspended (DWLS). He was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for two days served; one year discretionary for one year; and $285 in fines and costs. Conviction reportable to SOS.

–       Samantha Ann Luevano, 42, of 253 E. Main St., Walkerville, was found guilty May 13 of third-degree retail fraud. She was sentenced to $580 in fines and costs; 30 days discretionary jail for one year; and within eight months, may perform 58 hours of community service in lieu of paying fines and costs.

–       Brian Wayne Larr, 30, of 2544 S. Custer Rd., Custer, was found guilty May 13 of operating while intoxicated or under a controlled substance. He was sentenced to one day in jail with credit for one day served; Alcohol Highway Safety Education (AHSE); $1,245 in fines and costs; 93 days discretionary jail for two years; must attend Impact Weekend and follow recommendations; no alcohol/drugs; and subject to random PBTs. Conviction reportable to SOS. One count of operating with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .17 or more was dismissed.

–       Levi Hunter Hamilton, 19, of 1993 S. Custer Rd., Custer, was found guilty May 13 of third-degree retail fraud. He was sentenced to 35 days in jail with credit for six days served; 93 days discretionary jail for two years; and $580 in fines and costs. In a separate case, he was found guilty May 13 of third-degree retail fraud and alcohol – selling/furnishing to a minor. He was sentenced to two 60-day jail terms with credit for six days served; $580 in fines and costs; 93 days discretionary jail for two years; no alcohol/drugs; and subject to random PBTs. One count of minor in possession of alcohol (MIP) and one count of selling/furnishing alcohol to a minor were dismissed.

–       Aaron Glenn Taylor-Sheafor, 34, of 463 N. Stiles Rd., Ludington, was found guilty May 13 of larceny less than $200. He was sentenced to 93 days discretionary jail for one year and $350 in fines and costs. Restitution is reserved.

–       Waylin Ray Coolman, 17, of 410 S. Main St., Scottville, was found guilty May 14 of using/possessing tobacco by a minor and sentenced to 20 hours of community service in lieu of fines and costs.

–       Matthew Christopher Green, 35, of 299 N. Jackpine Rd., Fountain, was found guilty May 13 of DWLS and sentenced to two days in jail with credit for two days served; one year discretionary jail for two years; no alcohol/drugs; subject to random PBTs; and $580 in fines and costs. Conviction reportable to SOS.

–       James Jacob Devries, 20, of 206 Danaher St., Apt. 3, Ludington, was found guilty May 15 of disorderly person, disturbing the peace and sentenced to one day in jail with credit for one day served and $285 in fines and costs.

–       Cody Scott Merrill, 23, of 708 5th St., Ludington, was found guilty May 15 of improper registration – failure to transfer and sentenced to $175 in fines and costs.

–       Travis Alan Vorase, 20, of 4895 S. 184th Ave., Hesperia, was found guilty May 15 of improper registration – failure to transfer and sentenced to $175 in fines and costs.

–       James Vernon Kaye, 46, of 413 Hartford St., Richland, Wash., was found guilty May 15 of disorderly person – urinating in public. He was sentenced to one day in jail with credit for one day served and $285 in fines and costs.

–       Timothy Allen Segelstrom, 48, of 5358 N. Hughes Ave., Fountain, was found guilty May 15 of driver transporting open intoxicants and sentenced to $265 in fines and costs. Conviction reportable to SOS.

–       Ricky Dean Plasterer, 41, of 3343 E. Hansen Rd., Custer, was found guilty May 13 of DWLS. He was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for two days served; one year discretionary jail for one year; and $580 in fines and costs. Conviction reportable to SOS.

–       Caleb Andrew Wrege, 23, of 704 Franklin St., Ludington, was found guilty May 20 of impaired driving. He was sentenced to one day in jail with credit for one day served; $1,145 in fines and costs; AHSE; 90 days discretionary jail for one year; and must attend next session of the Victims’ Impact Panel. Conviction reportable to SOS.

–       Jeremiah Michael McCarty, 31, of 921 Spencer, Grand Rapids, was found guilty May 20 of DWLS and sentenced to two days in jail with credit for two days served; one year discretionary jail for one year; and $580 in fines and costs. Conviction reportable to SOS.

–       Kristie Lynn Fitzgerald, 28, of 8935 One Mile Rd., Hesperia, was found guilty Jan. 22 of second-degree retail fraud. She was sentenced May 20 to 90 days in jail with credit for 36 days served; one year discretionary jail for two years; must provide truthful testimony when called; and $580 in fines and costs. One count of conspiracy to commit first-degree retail fraud was dismissed.

–       Blake Christian Thomas, 25, of 535 W. Northern Ave., Brohman, was found guilty May 20 of operating while impaired. He was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for two days served; $1,145 in fines and costs; AHSE; 93 days discretionary jail for one year; must attend next session of the Victims’ Impact Panel; no alcohol/drugs; and subject to random PBTs. Conviction reportable to SOS.

Dismissal

–       Kurtis Lee Bigelow, 21, of 8150 N. Dort Highway, Mount Morris, one count of computer – use to commit a crime (maximum one year) and one count of malicious use of telecommunication services were dismissed May 19. “These charges were added to the information by stipulation in felony matter 14-2829-FH; further prosecution of the matter, in this court, would be judicial waste and run afoul of the Fifth Amendment right against double jeopardy,” court records state.

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