Man sentenced to prison for heroin possession, pleads guilty to break-in.

May 8, 2018

Cody Denton, left, with defense attorney Doug Stevenson.

Man sentenced to prison for heroin possession, pleads guilty to break-in.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 23-year-old Hamlin Township man with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced to one year and one day to four years in prison for a heroin possession conviction in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, May 8.

Cody Morgan Denton, of 2630 Sherman Rd., also pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking and entering with intent and larceny of a firearm in a separate case and faces four and a half to 15 years in prison.

Denton pleaded guilty last month to the heroin possession charge. He was also sentenced last month  in Oceana County’s 27th Circuit Court to nine months in jail for a heroin possession conviction.

All of his cases run concurrently.

He testified that last September in Hamlin Township he was in possession of heroin residue on packaging material that was inside his wallet.

In the other case, he testified that he broke into the office of Quinn’s Towing on West US 10 in Amber Township last September with co-defendant Stacy Marie Green, 35, of 2916 Trepanier Dr., Hamlin Township.

He told Judge Susan K. Sniegowski that he lifted Green through a window to gain access to the building.

“She said she was mad at them and wanted to take money from them because she was fired,” he said. A firearm and money were stolen.

“It was her idea,” he said. Green had a key to a cabinet where the money was stored, he said. “She said she wanted me there in case anything went wrong.”

Green pleaded guilty last November to breaking and entering with intent. Sentencing guidelines in her case are 0-11 months, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. A review hearing is set for July 10 at 1:30 p.m.

One count of felony firearm and fourth-offense habitual offender were dismissed when Denton pleaded guilty to the other two charges. He was facing up to life in prison due to his habitual offender status.

Restitution in that matter is yet to be determined.

Denton’s sentencing is set for June 12 at 1:45 p.m.

Denton requested that he go into Michigan Department of Corrections care immediately for his heroin addiction. He received credit for 238 days served in jail.

In October 2017, Denton was sentenced in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court to a one-year discretionary jail sentence, serving 122 days up front, for attempted felonious assault.

According to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS), Denton in 2012 served prison terms of two to 15 years for second-degree home invasion; one and a half to 15 years for breaking and entering a building with intent; and one and a half to four years for marijuana delivery. In 2011, he was sentenced to a maximum of two years for marijuana delivery.

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