Ludington man gets year in jail for stealing debit card.
By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.
LUDINGTON — A 38-year-old Ludington man was sentenced to one year in jail Tuesday, March 14, in 51st Circuit Court for convictions of illegal use of a financial transaction device and fourth-offense habitual offender.
Timothy Allen Goforth, of 202 S. Rowe St., has a lengthy criminal history, including nine prior felonies and 11 misdemeanors, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.
Goforth was arrested in December of 2016 by the Ludington Police Department on four counts of delivery/circulation/sale of a financial transaction device obtained under proscribed circumstances; one count of stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent; and fourth-offense habitual offender.
The other charges were dismissed in a plea agreement, which called for one year in jail.
Defense attorney David Glancy asked Judge Susan K. Sniegowski if his client, who he said has a good work history, could serve eight months up front instead of the entire year.
The judge ruled that one year was more appropriate for the long-time criminal.
Sentencing guidelines in the case were 12-34 months.
Goforth was also ordered to pay $683 in restitution and serve two years probation. He received credit for 106 days served in jail.
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