Hamlin Twp. man charged with larceny while awaiting sentencing for previous crime.

October 10, 2017


Hamlin Twp. man charged with larceny while awaiting sentencing for previous crime.

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By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief, with contributions by Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 34-year-old Hamlin Township man has been charged with the felony of larceny in a building, while he is currently out on bail awaiting sentencing for a previous similar crime.

Daniel John Horowski, of 3028 Piney Ridge Rd., Hamlin Township, was arrested October 5, 2017 by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) on a felony charge of larceny in a building. Horowski allegedly stole four cans of beer from the Wesco East Gate store, 5685 W. US 10. According to Sheriff Kim Cole, a clerk reportedly witnessed Horowski steal the cans at 4:25 a.m. 

The crime is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Horowski has a long list of criminal offenses. As a habitual offender, he actually faces up to 15 years in prison.

Horowski recently pleaded guilty in 51st Circuit Court on the charge of breaking and entering a building with the intent to commit larceny and third offense habitual offender.

He was arrested in February, 2017 by the Michigan State Police on felony charges of first-degree home invasion and fourth-offense habitual offender. Those charges were dismissed when he pleaded guilty to the added two counts in a sentencing agreement with the Mason County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

On September 12, 2017, Horowski pleaded guilty to the offense and told the court that he broke into the Custer Township residence looking for marijuana.

Horowski was facing a 20-year felony with the home invasion charge, and his habitual offender status elevated the maximum possible sentence to life in prison.

The breaking and entering conviction is punishable by up to 10 years.

As a result of a plea agreement, he now faces up to one year in jail for the offense. He is also expected to be required to pay $10,659.50 in restitution for extensive water damage in the basement of the house caused by flooding. A well tank was tipped over when the house was being ransacked during the search for marijuana. Horowski testified that no marijuana was obtained during the break-in. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Susan Sniegowski on Oct. 31, 2017.

In November 2016, Horowski pleaded guilty in 79th District Court on the misdemeanor charge of third degree retail fraud (shoplifting) and was sentenced to 28 days in jail with credit for 28 days served; 93 days discretionary jail for one year.

In September 2016, Horowski pleaded guilty in 79th District Court to the misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and using a controlled substance, marijuana.  He was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for two days already served on both counts.  He was also sentenced to one year discretionary jail for one year.

In August 2015 he appeared in 79th District Court and was fined $275 for failure to display a valid vehicle license.

Horowski was arrested Sept. 7, 2014 by Ludington Police Department in the parking lot behind the Alley Bar near South James Street. At the time of his arrest, Horowski told the police he was not on parole or probation. He also refused a portable breathalyzer test (PBT). He later allowed the PBT where he blew a .02 blood alcohol content.

At the time of his arrest, Horowski concealed marijuana in his buttocks and smuggled it into the Mason County Jail.

In October 2014 he was found guilty in 51st Circuit Court of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, second offense and for violating the terms of his parole. He was sentenced in December of that year to 10 months in jail.

In August 2014, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail for controlled substance, possession of marijuana.

In March 2013, Horowski was found guilty of retail fraud second degree and sentenced in 79th District Court to 10 days in jail and up to one year discretionary jail.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled on Oct. 18 in 79th District Court on the most recent charge. Bail has been set at $15,000 cash.

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