‘Sword man’ sentenced to jail.

January 23, 2018

Ricky Wilson

‘Sword man’ sentenced to jail.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 22-year-old Flint man, who was carrying five swords when he was sneaking around the Mason County Jail the night of Sept. 15, was sentenced to serve six months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Ricky Todd Wilson pleaded guilty as charged last November to a felony of carrying a concealed weapon, which is punishable to by up to five years in prison.

Wilson was arrested after sheriff’s deputies viewing security cameras at the jail noticed him acting suspiciously in front of the building.

Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole previously said when Wilson was confronted, deputies discovered he was carrying several knives including a 26-inch Samurai sword, a 19-inch Samurai sword, a switch blade and a dagger.

Judge Susan K. Sniegowski also ordered two years probation and forfeiture of the weapons.

“Your explanation rings a little hollow,” said Judge Sniegowski, referring to Wilson’s explanation that he was waiting to turn in the weapons at the sheriff’s office. “It happened in the middle of the night,” she said.

“It’s a rather perplexing case,” said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. “It’s still unclear (why he was at the sheriff’s office).” Although, he was “looking and acting very menacingly.”

Wilson has mental health issues, the prosecutor said.

“My client did admit and accept responsibility in this matter,” said Wilson’s attorney, David Glancy, adding that Wilson has been participating in bible study at the jail.

“Make your mental health a priority,” Sniegowski said. “I applaud your work in groups while you’re incarcerated.”

Wilson received credit for 131 days served in jail.

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