Scottville man sentenced to prison for meth, larceny

November 3, 2015
Kenneth Puple II with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

Kenneth Puple II with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 26-year-old Scottville man was sentenced to six and a half to 20 years in prison in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Nov. 3, for convictions of operating a meth lab, larceny in a building and fourth-offense habitual offender.

Kenneth James Purple II pleaded guilty, Sept. 22, to the charges, and in exchange for his guilty plea, one count of possession of clonazepam and one count of second-degree home invasion were dismissed.

Purple testified in September that he stole silver coins valued at least $150 from an unlocked residence on North Stiles Road last April and that he manufactured meth at a home on North Harrison Street.

“I understand that I made a huge mistake,” Purple told Judge Susan K. Sniegowski Tuesday. He said he plans to take advantage of “everything they offer to improve my life” while serving his time in prison.

Purple was sentenced concurrently on the two separate files with a 34-month to 15 year term for the for larceny and habitual offender convictions.

Sniegowski described the meth lab as a “serious operation” and that he was making it on a “regular basis.”

He received credit for 169 days served for the meth conviction and 153 days served for the larceny conviction.

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