Man sentenced for stealing mom’s credit card to buy drugs.

March 18, 2019

Daniel McClure and attorney Tracie Dinehart.

Man sentenced for stealing mom’s credit card to buy drugs.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — Daniel Lee McClure, 32, of Ludington man was sentenced to serve 88 days of a one-year discretionary jail term with credit for 88 days served Monday, March 18, in 51st Circuit Court for a conviction of stealing/retaining a financial transaction device.

“He stole from his mother in order pay for his substance problem and obtain drugs,” said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. “This was done on a number of occasions.”

“This is a situation of hurting the ones you love,” Spaniola said.

“I do believe Daniel should spend some time in jail,” his mother wrote in a letter to the court.

“He has lived a life of addiction,” said McClure’s attorney Tracie Dinehart, adding that her client is hoping to “mend relationships.” McClure is enrolled in several drug recovery programs and attends meetings six days a week, she said.

“He knows this is a long road, but he’s committed to it,” she said.

“I have rekindled my relationship with my mother,” said McClure. “I apologized to her.”

McClure said his mother was almost at her “wit’s end” with him when she drafted the letter to the court last December. “I’m slowly rebuilding trust with her. We talk every day. The relationship between my mother and me is getting better.”

Spaniola said this is McClure’s first felony conviction, and he has two previous misdemeanor convictions that are “directly connected to substance abuse.”

Judge Susan K. Sniegowski commended him for participating in the recovery programs and urged him to continue.

McClure received 18 months probation and must pay $367 in restitution to his mother.

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