Long-time criminal accused of repeatedly hitting child with pole

December 4, 2018

David Ramone Wilson with attorney David Glancy.

Long-time criminal accused of repeatedly hitting child with pole.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 46-year-old Muskegon man who faces multiple violent charges for allegedly hitting a child with a pole repeatedly rejected a plea deal in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Dec. 4, and now his case is headed to trial

David Ramone Wilson, of 519 McLaughlin Ave., faces felony charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, felonious assault, second-degree child abuse, and two counts of committing second-degree child abuse in the presence of minor children. Wilson is also charged with a misdemeanor of domestic violence along with a fourth-offense habitual notice.

Wilson has a long criminal history including 10 previous prison sentences involving cocaine, weapons, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property convictions, according to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS).

Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola offered Wilson a prison term of 10-40 years if Wilson pleaded to half of the six counts and dismissed the other three counts. He would have also pleaded to third-offense habitual offender instead of fourth.

Wilson could have pleaded to assault with intent to do great bodily harm, second-degree child abuse and committing child abuse in the presence of a minor.

According it his court file, he is accused of “repeatedly hitting a child with a pole.”

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 34-134 months.

Wilson is believed to be one of the top suppliers of methamphetamine and heroin to the Ludington area, according to a press release from SSCENT (State, Sheriffs’, Chiefs’ Enforcement of Narcotics Team).

He was also facing felony drug charges of second-offense cocaine possession, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession with intent to deliver cocaine and a misdemeanor of marijuana possession. All of the drug charges were dismissed due to a backlog of getting the substances tested at the Michigan State Police crime lab, said Spaniola. When results finally come back, his drug charges will be re-issued.

Wilson has been the subject of an ongoing investigation initiated by SSCENT in 2016.

His bail has been set at $500,000/cash.

If he’s convicted of fourth-offense habitual offender, he will be subject to a minimum term of 25 years to a maximum of life in prison.

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