Man sentenced for stealing wallet from shopping cart.

July 20, 2021


Man sentenced for stealing wallet from shopping cart.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 46-year-old Ludington man was sentenced to one year probation in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, July 20, for stealing a wallet from a shopping cart at the Ludington-area Walmart last summer.

Adam Wayne Nelson, of 503 First St., pleaded guilty to larceny in a building June 1, according to court records. Nelson has already paid back the $163 he stole from the victim, said Mason County Prosecutor Lauren Kreinbrink.

“This impacted her ability to buy food for her family. She left her wallet briefly in the cart and returned to the cart to find it gone,” said Prosecutor Kreinbrink.

“Hard times around 2020 caused him to make poor choices,” said defense attorney Tracie McCarn-Dinehart.

It is Nelson’s fifth felony conviction, said Kreinbrink. Nelson has served previous prison terms for third-offense domestic violence, receiving and concealing firearms, and attempted obtaining controlled substances by fraud, according to the Offender Tracking Information System. He was most recently released from prison Nov. 14, 2018.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-16 months. He received credit for two days served in jail.

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