Scottville man with 22 convictions sent to jail for domestic violence.

October 10, 2017

Richard Quijas

Scottville man with 22 convictions sent to jail for domestic violence.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 40-year-old Scottville man who has 22 criminal convictions was sentenced Tuesday, Oct. 10, in 51st Circuit Court to serve four months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term, followed by three months on a tether, for a conviction of third-offense domestic violence.

Richard Jay Quijas, of 206 N. Main St., was arrested last June by the Scottville Police Department on felony charges of third-offense domestic violence and third-offense habitual offender.

The third-offense habitual offender designation was dismissed in a plea agreement.

Judge Susan K. Sniegowski ordered that Quijas serve two years probation, which will include substance abuse counseling.

Quijas has one felony and 21 misdemeanor convictions, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

“I know that my past is very bad,” Quijas told the judge. “For the past five years, I have been trying my best to stay out of trouble. This incident was very unlike me. It should not have come to the point when I grabbed her sweatshirt, which is why I am here.”

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 10-23 months.

“Quite frankly, I’m leery about this, but I am going to follow it,” Sniegowski said. “It’s very important that you follow the probation orders.”

Quijas received credit for one day served in jail, and work release is allowed.

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