Muskegon man sent to prison for retail fraud.

June 22, 2021


Muskegon man sent to prison for retail fraud.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 33-year-old Muskegon man was sentenced to two to 30 years in prison in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, June 22, for a conviction of first-degree retail fraud.

Donald Leroy Petroski, of 1377 Peck St., pleaded guilty to the charge May 18, according to court records.

Petroski, who was on parole at the time of the offense, has an extensive criminal history, said Mason County Assistant Prosecutor Beth Hand. Sentencing guidelines in the case are seven to 46 months, Hand said.

He appeared in court via Polycom video from the Mason County Jail due to COVID-19 precautions. 

“Mr. Petroski doesn’t have a history of violent crimes — they’re mostly retail fraud and property crimes,” said defense attorney Ashley Siegel. The attorney attributed his criminal history to his substance abuse disorder.

Judge Susan K. Sniegowski said Petroski has 22 prior misdemeanor and five prior felony convictions. He also has criminal charges pending in other counties. 

According to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS), Petroski has served previous prison terms for retail fraud (which is shoplifting), larceny in a building and larceny from a vehicle.

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