Ludington man pleads guilty to stalking.

November 15, 2017

Eric Avery with his attorney Doug Stevenson.

Ludington man pleads guilty to stalking.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 40-year-old Ludington man pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in 51st Circuit court to aggravated stalking and faces serving four months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term.

Eric Keith Avery, of 1218 S. Madison St., Apt. 5, was arrested last August by the Ludington Police Department on charges of aggravated stalking and malicious use of a telecommunications device.

The telecommunications charge was dismissed in a plea agreement.

Avery admitted to Judge Susan K. Sniegowsk that he was served with a personal protection order last July, but continued to contact the victim multiple times nonetheless.

“My mind was totally clouded,” he said.

Avery admitted, when questioned by Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola, that he sent a text message to the victim with his “selfie” that showed him flipping his middle finger and telling her to “slit her wrists.”

In addition to jail, Avery is also looking at serving a term of probation, as well as GPS monitoring for four months following release from jail.

Avery will also undergo substance abuse and mental health evaluations, Spaniola said.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 23 at 2:30 p.m.

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