Man sentenced to 76 months to 40 years in prison for crime spree.

May 30, 2017

Shanin Waite with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

Man sentenced to 76 months to 40 years in prison for crime spree.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — Shanin Nicholas Waite, 24, was sentenced to a prison term of 76 months to 40 years after pleading guilty last month in 51st Circuit Court to three counts of breaking and entering with intent, attempted home invasion and fourth-offense habitual offender for 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. He was on parole at the time of the offenses, Spaniola said, citing a lengthy criminal history.

Waite testified in April 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.

“It certainly impacted a number of people’s lives and businesses,” Spaniola said.

“I made a lot of mistakes in my life, and I make no excuses for what I did,” Waite said Tuesday. “I would like to publicly apologize to the businesses that I broke into.” Waite also offered his apologies to the other victims in the case. He also said he plans to make some major changes in his life to be a good person.

“You were really on a crime spree,” Sniegowski said. However, she commended Waite for attempting to turning a new leaf.

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