Ludington man pleads to B&E, drug charges, faces 6 to 30 years.

November 12, 2014
Anthony, left, with his court appointed attorney, David Glancy.

Anthony, left, with his court appointed attorney, David Glancy.

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. 

A Ludington man who broke into three Amber Township businesses and sold drugs out of his driveway, pleaded guilty to several felony counts in 51st Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon and faces 6 to 30 years in prison.

Raymond Allen Anthony, 37, of 202 W. Fitch St., Ludington, was initially charged with five counts of breaking and entering, a count of safe breaking, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana, a count of absconding and forfeiting bonds and habitual offender third offense.

The breaking and entering charges included one count of breaking and entering into Alway’s Antique Mall/Alway’s Service Center at 2144 W. Johnson Road, Amber Township, five counts of breaking and entering at Marek’s Auto Parts, 3473 W. U.S. 10-31, Amber Township, a count of attempted safe breaking at Marek’s. Each of the B&E charges are punishable by up to 10 years in prison while the attempted safe breaking charge is punishable by up to five years in prison. However, because Anthony is a repeat offender, the maximums are doubled. The B&Es on two dates in October 2013.

Anthony also was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana — each punishable by a maximum of four years in prison and a $20,000 fine — for selling marijuana from his driveway on two occasions in March 2014. Because he is a fourth time repeat offender, the punishment is increased to 15 years in prison.

He was also charged with one count of absconding/forfeiting bonds (he left town after bailing himself out of jail), punishable by up to four years in prison.

Anthony had left the state and was arrested in Florida. He was extradited back and will have to pay restitution for the county’s extradition costs.

Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola offered Anthony a plea agreement of dropping the charges of B&E on West Johnson Road, dropping three of the B&E charges and the attempted safe breaking charge from Marek’s, while still being responsible for restitution on all original counts against him. His repeat offender status would be dropped from fourth time to third time. His prison sentence of 6 to 30 years would run concurrent.

In 1995, Anthony was convicted on two arson charges and a B&E charge from Mason County. He also served time in prison for his involvement in a 2004 homicide at a migrant camp in Riverton Township.

Anthony is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 2:45 p.m.

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