Ludington man awaiting extradition to New Mexico.

March 9, 2016
Eric Hoggs with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

Eric Hoggs with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

By Allison Scarbrough. Courts/Police Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 40-year-old Ludington man convicted of tether tampering in Mason County is awaiting extradition to New Mexico to face penalties for violating his parole.

Eric Zelek Hoggs, of 724 E. Filer St., was ordered by 51st Circuit Court Judge Susan K. Sniegowski to serve 180 days up front of a one-year discretionary jail sentence Tuesday, March 8, for a conviction of interfering with an electronic monitoring device.

Hoggs has an extensive criminal history that includes seven felony convictions and 13 misdemeanors, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

In exchange for Hoggs’ guilty plea, charges of domestic violence, aggravated stalking, using a computer to commit a crime and fourth-offense habitual offender were dismissed.

Spaniola said the victim in the case described Hoggs as “manipulative and delusional.”

“I do have an extensive record,” Hoggs said. “I went through a period of a few deaths in my family and went down the wrong road. I got involved in drugs. Basically, I left a funeral and was high for three years after that. I’m not some hardened convict.”

Hoggs remains lodged in the Mason County Jail awaiting extradition. According to the New Mexico Department of Corrections, he is on a suspended guilty sentence for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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