Prisoner sentenced to 26 months to 40 years for dealing fentanyl.

June 25, 2019

Anthony Brock with attorney Tracie Dinehart.

Prisoner sentenced to 26 months to 40 years for dealing fentanyl.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – A 34-year-old prison inmate received a concurrent sentence of 26 months to 40 years in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, June 25, for a conviction of delivery of fentanyl less than 50 grams and third-offense habitual offender.

Anthony Joseph Brock, who is lodged in the Central Michigan Correctional Facility in Saint Louis, Michigan, pleaded guilty, April 23.

Brock testified in April that he sold 14 packs of fentanyl for $280, June 4, 2018, at Copeyon Park in the City of Ludington. He sold the drugs to an undercover narcotics officer.

Later last summer, he was sentenced to prison for drug convictions in other counties. Brock is in prison for convictions of methamphetamine possesion, analogue possession and narcotic/cocaine possession. He has a long criminal history with previous prison stints for methamphetamine possession, uttering and publishing, forgery, attempted forgery and analogue possession dating back to 2004, according the Offender Tracking Information System.

He received credit for 132 days served. One count of fourth-offense habitual offender was dismissed.

Defense Attorney Tracie Dinehart recommended a shorter sentence than the Michigan Department of Corrections’ recommendation of two and a half to 40 years. Dinehart cited an “unacceptable” length of time for the authorization of charges.

Dinehart said Brock was not charged until several months after committing the crime. “He sat eight months unaccounted for.”

“I don’t understand why it took SSCENT (the State, Sheriffs’, Chiefs’ Enforcement of Narcotics Team) so long to authorize charges. That’s unacceptable.”

The attorney said her client has participated in counseling services and has furthered his education while in prison, asking Judge Susan K. Sniegowski for 12-15 month sentence.

“I do take accountability for what I have done and for bringing drugs into the community,” Brock said. “I’ve been troubled with drug use for a long time,” stating that he “hit rock bottom” following his last arrest. “I disappointed myself for letting my family down.”

Brock said he is two semesters away from completing a heating and cooling certification and has completed his education in plumbing.

Judge Sniegowski said she took into consideration his long wait for charges to be authorized.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 10-34 months, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

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