Sand Lake woman pleads guilty to stealing jewelry.

October 23, 2019

Elecia Bentz

Sand Lake woman pleads guilty to stealing jewelry.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – A 19-year-old Sand Lake, Mich. woman pleaded guilty in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Oct. 22, to a felony of larceny in a building.

Elecia Judith-Keeley Bentz, of 16961 Myers Lake Ave., testified before Judge Susan K. Sniegowski that she stole two gold rings and a pair of gold earrings from a residence, July 26, on Bryant Road in Pere Marquette Township.

In exchange for her plea, a second count of larceny from a building and third-offense habitual offender were dismissed. The plea agreement calls for Bentz to serve four months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term.

Larceny in a building is punishable by up to four years in prison, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

No probation will be ordered, because Bentz is already on probation through November of 2020, said Spaniola. She will be ordered to pay restitution, although the amount has yet to be determined.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-11 months.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m.

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