Receiving, concealing leads to prison term.

February 16, 2016
Andrea Benet King with her attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

Andrea Benet King with her attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 35-year-old Ludington woman who pleaded guilty last month in 51st Circuit Court to receiving and concealing stolen property more than $1,000/less than $20,000 and second-offense habitual offender was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 16, to two to seven-and-a-half years in prison.

Andrea Benet King, of 309 N. Washington Ave., testified last October that she found medical supplies in her garage that were stolen from a veterinary clinic on South Washington Avenue, and she concealed them. King ingested morphine that was stolen, said Judge Susan Sniegowski.

King’s sentence runs concurrently to a 16-month to two-year term for a probation violation conviction.

King was also ordered to pay $1,821 in restitution that is joint and several with the co-defendants.

She received 106 days jail credit for the receiving and concealing conviction and 255 days credit for the probation violation conviction.

Judge Susan Sniegowski noted that the sentence exceeded the sentencing guidelines of 0-11 months, because she was on probation at the time she committed the crime. Sniegowski revoked her probation.

The judge encouraged King to seek drug counseling when in prison.

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