Local man faces 7-40 years in prison for break-ins.

February 21, 2017
Gary Maccune with his attorney, Al Swanson, Jr.

Gary Maccune with his attorney, Al Swanson, Jr.

Local man faces 7-40 years in prison for break-ins.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor

LUDINGTON — A 26-year-old Sheridan Township man faces 7-40 years in prison after pleading guilty in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Feb. 21, to two counts of breaking and entering with intent and fourth-offense habitual offender in connection to break-ins last August at Fountain Lumber Company and a pole barn.

Gary Dean Maccune, of 2295 N. 34th Street, will serve two 7-40 terms concurrently, said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski.

Maccune’s co-defendant Louis John Metheny Jr., 38, of 823 N. Benson Road, Fountain, faces an 8-40 year prison stint after pleading “no contest” last week to the same charges.

Louis Metheny in circuit court last week with his attorney, David Glancy.

Louis Metheny in circuit court last week with his attorney, David Glancy.

The pair were charged with eight felonies apiece in connection with the two break-ins. They have been lodged in the Mason County Jail on $15,000 bonds since their arrests. The other charges were dismissed in plea agreements.

No additional charges will be pursued against Maccune or Metheny in Mason or Oceana counties as part of their plea agreements, Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola said. They will also be ordered to pay $34,897.42 in restitution that is joint and several.

The pair were on parole at the time of the offense, and their prison terms will run consecutively to any parole sanctions they receive.

“I kicked the door in,” Maccune testified Tuesday, explaining to Sniegowski how he gained access to the pole building on Mavis Road.

Due to their habitual offender designations, both men were facing up to life in prison.

Maccune is scheduled for sentencing April 11 at 1:45 p.m., and Metheny’s sentencing is set for March 14 at 1:15 p.m.

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