Branch man sent back to prison for third-offense domestic violence.

March 13, 2018

Nicholas Lauterwasser with defense attorney David Glancy in 51st Circuit Court.

Branch man sent back to prison for third-offense domestic violence.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 25-year-old Branch man with a history of domestic assault convictions was sentenced to 27 months to 25 years in prison Tuesday, March 13, for convictions of third-offense domestic violence, interfering with electronic communications and fourth-offense habitual offender.

Nicholas Brian Lauterwasser, of 7895 W. US 10, was arrested last October by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and has been lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $15,000/cash/surety bond.

Lauterwasser received zero credit for his jail time, because he was on parole when he committed the offense. His prison term runs consecutively to any parole sanctions he receives, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

He was on parole for third-offense domestic violence and resisting and opposing police when he was arrested, Spaniola said.

“He has consistently been before the court in matters escalating in nature,” Spaniola said.

“The underlying factor is continuing alcohol use,” said Lauterwasser’s attorney David Glancy. The attorney said his client plans to participate in alcohol counseling while in prison as well as long-term inpatient counseling following his release.

“I’ve dealt with alcohol addiction all my life,” Lauterwasser said to Judge Susan K. Sniegowski.

Lauterwasser has five prior felonies and six prior misdemeanors, Sniegowski said.

“You’ve been offered help for years and years and did not take advantage of it,” she said.

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