79th District Court sentencings and dismissals

August 7, 2015
The Hon. Pete Wadel, 79th District Court judge.

The Hon. Pete Wadel, 79th District Court judge.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor.

LUDINGTON — The following were sentenced recently in 79th District Court:

– Matthew Joseph Stock, 23, of 918 E. Filburn Rd., Scottville, was found guilty July 29 of domestic violence. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for 30 days served; 93 days discretionary jail for two years; no controlled substances; subject to random drug tests; $1,138 in fines and costs; and no contact with the victim. One count of assault by strangulation dismissed.

– Daniel Leroy Peck, 37, of 410 E. Melendy St., Ludington, was found guilty July 28 of assault and battery. He was sentenced to 19 days in jail with credit for 19 days served; 93 days discretionary jail for one year; no alcohol/drugs; subject to random preliminary breath tests (PBTs); and $738 in fines and costs. One count of assault by strangulation dismissed.

– Matthew Lee Newcomb, 28, of 1351 W. White Rd., Free Soil, was found guilty July 28 of operating while impaired by liquor. He was sentenced to one day in jail with credit for one day served; $870 in fines and costs; Alcohol Highway Safety Education (AHSE); 93 days discretionary jail for one year; and must attend next session of the Victims Impact Panel (VIP). Conviction reportable to the Secretary of State (SOS).

– Ryan Allen Stever, 22, of 702 N. Rath Ave., Ludington, was found guilty July 28 of attempted assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer and disorderly person – drunk. He was sentenced to three days in jail with credit for three days served; one year discretionary jail for one year for count 1; 90 days discretionary jail for one year for count 2; Soberlink for one year; must have a substance abuse evaluation and follow recommendations; and no alcohol/drugs. One count of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer was dismissed.

– Thomas Michael Grimm, 24, of 918 Filburn Rd., Scottville, was found guilty July 28 of lying to a peace officer. He was sentenced to 93 days discretionary jail for one year and $535 in fines and costs. One count of operating ORV – failure to report accident dismissed.

– Robert Michael Miller, 26, of 24520 San Marino, Apt. 104, Brownstown, Mich., was found guilty July 28 of operating while impaired by liquor. He was sentenced to one day in jail with credit for one day served; $870 in fines and costs; AHSE; 93 days discretionary jail for one year; and must attend the next session of VIP. Conviction reportable to SOS. One count of driver transporting open intoxicants was dismissed.

– Heather Alexis Topping, 44, of 508 E. Danaher St., Apt. 2, Ludington, was found guilty July 28 of third-degree retail fraud. She was sentenced to mental health counseling; 93 days discretionary jail for one year; and $665 in fines and costs or 67 hours of community service.

– Todd Bernard Gates, 53, of 1915 N. Wilson Lane, Ludington, was found guilty Aug. 3 of disorderly person – urinating in public. He was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for two days served; 90 days discretionary jail for one year; and $285 in fines and costs.

– Denise Ann Hopkins, 45, of 5787 W. Limouze Rd., Ludington, was found guilty July 28 of failure to maintain security/no insurance and sentenced to one year discretionary jail for one year and $575 in fines and costs. Restitution is reserved. Conviction reportable to SOS.

– Seth Adam Bretschneider, 34, of 926 S. Dennis Rd., Ludington, was found guilty July 28 of failure to maintain security/no insurance and sentenced to one year discretionary jail for two years and $535 in fines and costs. If fines and costs paid within one year, probation will be reduced to one year. Conviction reportable to SOS.

– Jessica Lee Muzzo, 25, of 147 Clubhouse Lane, Madison, Ala., pleaded no contest to open intoxicants – passenger and sentenced to $265 in fines and costs. Conviction reportable to SOS.

Dismissals

– Davina Rae Southern, 34, of 512 ½ E. Danaher St., Ludington, one count of domestic violence and one count of breaking and entering/illegal entry were dismissed July 30. “The complainant in this matter has informed the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office that on the night prior to this incident, he had been up all night drinking, and despite telling law enforcement the exact opposite, he now claims that defendant did not assault him,” court records state.

– Tanya Josephena Hathaway, 34, no address listed, one count of failure to stop at the scene of a property damage accident was dismissed July 31. “Defendant pleaded to a lesser charge,” court records state.

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