Man sent to jail for breaking and entering.

March 12, 2019

Aaron Dietz and attorney Al Swanson, Jr.

Man sent to jail for breaking and entering.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – A 20-year-old Fountain man was sentenced to serve 10 months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, March 12, for a two-count conviction of breaking and entering with intent.

Aaron Michael Dietz, of 2090 4th St., pleaded guilty, Jan. 22, in the break-in case and pleaded guilty Tuesday to receiving and concealing $1,000-$20,000 in a separate file.

Dietz faces a concurrent sentence of serving nine months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term and paying restitution to Walmart and Meijer. Sentencing guidelines are 0-9 months.

The maximum penalty for receiving and concealing $1,000-$20,000 is five years in prison.

Dietz testified that on Nov. 10 at he received and concealed electronics and DVDs that were stolen from Walmart and Meijer.

Sentencing in that case is set for April 23 at 1:30 p.m.

“Mr. Dietz has substance abuse issues,” said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

“He’s a 20-year-old kid who has floundered through life,” said his attorney Al Swanson, Jr..

“I would just like to say I am very sorry for what I have done,” Dietz told Judge Susan K. Sniegowski. “I wish I never would have done it.”

“Mr. Dietz, this is a very serious situation, and it involved multiple offenses,” said the judge, who also ordered two years of probation and restitution of $100.

He testified in January that he stole about an ounce of marijuana and $20 cash from a home on South Madison Street in the City of Ludington. He told Judge Sniegowski that he went back to the same house and stole more marijuana.

“I used a crow bar and a hammer to get through the door and window,” he said.

He initially faced three felony counts of second-degree home invasion, which were dismissed when he pleaded to the added two counts.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 10-24 months, and a breaking and entering conviction carries a 10-year maximum term.

Dietz received credit for one day served in jail.

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