Shelby man sentenced to probation for stalking. 

April 26, 2022

Shelby man sentenced to probation for stalking. 

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

LUDINGTON — A 49-year-old Shelby man was sentenced to five years probation today in 51st Circuit Court on the charges of aggravated stalking and domestic violence. Stephen Allan Lange, of 7305 Baker Rd., was arrested by the Ludington Police Department in February of 2021 and pleaded “no contest” on March 1. 

Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Lauren Kreinbrink said Lange has three prior felony convictions, including one previous conviction for aggravated stalking. “I find it concerning that the defendant refuses to take any accountability for his actions regarding the victim,” Kreinbrink said, adding the victim has been cooperative since the beginning of the case but was not present in court. 

Lange’s attorney Ashley Siegel, said she did not want to minimize Lange’s wrongful conduct but added that he admitted to wrongful conduct. She said Lange’s son was living in the victim’s house along with Lange’s uncle, who was in a relationship with Lange’s former girlfriend. 

Kreinbrink said Lange violated a personal protection order three times, including driving by the victim’s house twice and yelling at her. He also approached the victim, who was a 46-year-old woman, inside the Ludington area Walmart, according to a press release from Ludington Police Department. He followed her as she drove into the City of Ludington and called her on her phone. Lange and the victim had been in a dating relationship for about seven years, said Mason County Assistant Prosecutor Beth Hand in a previous court hearing. 

Lange’s actions violated bond conditions set by the 79th District Court, Jan. 25, 2021, when he was arrested for domestic assault against the same victim. She also had a personal protection order (PPO) against him, said Hand.

During the domestic assault, Lange pushed the woman and tackled her, said Hand.

Aggravated stalking is punishable by up to five years imprisonment. Sentencing guidelines allow for a plea of zero to 11 months. Judge Susan Sniegowski, in handing out the sentence, also told Lange he was not allowed to be within 500 feet of the victim at her home or at her place of employment. He was also sentenced to 120 years in jail with credit for 120 days served. 

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