Shoplifting leads to prison, possible boot camp

November 10, 2015

Ronald Dennis with his attorney, David Glancy.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 42-year-old Eaton Rapids man was sentenced to two to 10 years in prison, with the possibility of entering a boot camp facility, Tuesday, Nov. 10, in 51st Circuit Court for a conviction of first-degree retail fraud.

Ronald Shane Dennis has a lengthy criminal history including eight felony and 14 misdemeanor convictions, said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski.

His recent conviction stems from an arrest last September at the Ludington Walmart.

Dennis’ fourth-offense habitual offender status was dismissed in exchange for his plea, and he was sentenced as a third-offense habitual offender. “Mr. Dennis has a long history of retail frauds dating back to 1990,” said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

“I have no objection to boot camp, but it’s up to the prison,” Sniegowski said.

Sentencing guidelines for his conviction are 10-34 months, the judge said.

Dennis received credit for 63 days served in jail.

No restitution was ordered, because all the stolen items were recovered and were in “re-sellable condition,” Sniegowski said.