Man faces 7-40 years in prison for crime spree.

April 11, 2017
Shanin Waite with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

Shanin Waite with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

Man faces 7-40 years in prison for crime spree.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — Shanin Nicholas Waite, 24, faces a prison term of 7-40 years after pleading guilty Tuesday, April 11, in 51st Circuit Court to three counts of breaking and entering with intent, attempted home invasion and fourth-offense habitual offender after going on a crime spree last fall that victimized local businesses.

Waite testified that he broke into the King Funeral Home, Lower Hamlin Grocery Store and Little Caesar’s Pizza. He also attempted to break into a residence.

He was initially facing other serious felony charges, including safe breaking and car theft, but those charges were dismissed in a plea agreement.

Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola said Waite’s fourth-offense habitual offender designation elevated his maximum penalty to life in prison.

Waite testified that he threw a rock through the window at King Funeral Home and climbed through the window. He stole a minivan from the funeral home, as well as $40 in cash and an ipod.

He also testified that he used a key that he had taken from someone, who he refused to identify, to gain access to Little Caesar’s. He said he stole money from the pizza place totaling nearly $500.

Waite told Judge Susan K. Sniegowski that he stole money, liquor and cigarettes from Lower Hamlin Grocery Store.

Waite was scheduled to go trial April 24-26 until he pleaded guilty to the charges.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 30 at 2 p.m.

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