16-year-old sentenced as an adult.

March 15, 2016
Isaiah Pena with his attorney, Becky Lederer.

Isaiah Pena with his attorney, Becky Lederer.

By Allison Scarbrough. Courts/Police Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 16-year-old Ludington boy was sentenced as an adult in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, March 15, for felony convictions of breaking and entering with intent and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Isaiah Samuel Pena, of 909 S. Washington Ave., received a sentence of 10 months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term or until June 3, 2016, whichever is first. Pena turns 17 on June 3.

“Mr. Pena has had a lot of things not going in his favor in his young life,” said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola, who noted Pena’s extensive juvenile record. “I believe Mr. Pena was the leader in this situation.”

Pena’s attorney, Becky Lederer, said she disagreed with the prosecutor. “My client is 16-years-old, and his co-defendants were considerably older.” Some of the co-defendants are currently in prison, Lederer said. “He was more of a follower.”

Pena received credit for 131 days already served jail.
“I’m hopeful his time in jail helps him realize he needs to change his lifestyle once he’s out of here,” Lederer said.

“I think it’s important, Mr. Pena, that you understand the consequences of your actions,” said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski, adding that the seriousness of his crimes resulted in his case getting waived into adult court.

Pena also received two years probation, and his driver’s license is suspended six months with a restricted license after 30 days.

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