Home invader sentenced to prison, boot camp likely.

October 23, 2019

Nicholas Wroble, center, with attorneys Douglas Stevenson and Betsy Mas.

Home invader sentenced to prison, boot camp likely.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 31-year-old Ludington man was sentenced to two concurrent prison terms of 18 months to 10 years and 18 months to five years for convictions of attempted first-degree home invasion and probation violation Tuesday, Oct. 22, in 51st Circuit Court.

However, Nicholas David Wroble, of 815 E. Dexter St., will likely serve his time in Special Alternative Incarceration (SAI) or boot camp. Judge Susan K. Sniegowski recommended boot camp, but said the Michigan Department of Corrections ultimately makes that decision.

Wroble pleaded guilty to the charges Tuesday and was sentenced directly afterwards.

Wroble entered a residence in the 400 block of North Franklin Street, which is in the vicinity of his residence, and stole cash while he was on probation.

According to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS), Wroble was on probation until Dec. 12, 2019 following a Mason County sentence of up to two years for a conviction of breaking and entering a building with intent.

Wroble received credit for 399 days served in jail in the probation violation case and 161 days credit for the primary offense of attempted first-degree home invasion, which is a five-year felony.

He was represented by attorney Betsy Mas for the home invasion case and attorney Douglas Stevenson for the probation violation case.

“He was under the influence of drugs when he broke into the house,” said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola as he read a statement from the victim. “He has not learned from his crime, and the public needs to be protected from him.”

“This is the unfortunate case of an addict,” said attorney Mas. “He makes very, very bad decisions. I’m not saying that as an excuse – I’m saying that as a reality. His family is here and they have stood behind him through all of this.”

Mas, who asked the judge for boot camp, said that her client has told her: “I spent too much time blaming my addiction and I need to take ownership of it.”

“It’s like I lit a stove and burned myself not only once but twice,” Wroble said. “I know the odds are very well stacked against me, but I want to be the percentage that succeeds.” Wroble said he has suffered from drug addiction for half his life.

Sniegowski said that most defendants don’t have family support, but fortunately Wroble does. “It shows how fortunate you are that your family is here,” she said.

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