Fountain man faces 8-40 years in prison for break-ins.
By Allison Scarbrough. Editor
LUDINGTON — A 38-year-old Fountain man faces eight to 40 years in prison after pleading “no contest” in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Feb. 14, to two counts of breaking and entering with intent and fourth-offense habitual offender.
Louis John Metheny Jr., of 823 N. Benson Road, was on parole at the time of the offense, and his prison term will run consecutively to any parole sanctions he receives, said his attorney David Glancy.
Co-defendant Gary Dean Maccune, 26, of 2295 N. 34th Street, made a motion Tuesday to file for a new attorney. His attorney, Doug Stevenson, cited a “breakdown of the attorney/client relationship that occurred five minutes prior” to Maccune’s court appearance. Al Swanson was appointed by Judge Susan Sniegowski to represent Maccune.
Both men were charged with eight felonies apiece in connection with the two break-ins. They are lodged in the Mason County Jail on $15,000 bonds.
Maccune was offered a term of seven to 40 years last December, but he rejected the deal. His trial date of March 27 will have be re-scheduled due to the change of attorneys, the judge said.
Metheny’s other charges were dismissed in the plea agreement.
No additional charges will be pursued against Metheny in Mason or Oceana counties, Mason County Assistant Prosecutor Glenn Jackson III said. Metheny will also be ordered to pay $34,897.42 in restitution that is joint and several with Maccune.
Metheny’s sentencing is set for March 14 at 1:15 p.m.
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