Trial set for man accused of stalking his probation officer

January 31, 2024

Lance Eichler

Trial set for man accused of stalking his probation officer

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor

LUDINGTON — The case against a 49-year-old man facing charges of aggravated stalking, using a computer to commit a crime and second-offense habitual offender for allegedly stalking a female probation agent is set for a bench trial, Feb. 14.

Lance Craig Eichler appeared in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court for a pretrial conference Tuesday, Jan. 30, and his attorney Ravi Gurumurthy appeared via Zoom video conferencing. 

Eichler is currently lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $10,000 cash/surety bond.

Eichler was sentenced one year ago in Mason County for a conviction of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon to one year in jail with credit for 231 days served and 18 months probation.

According to Michigan Department of Corrections records, Eichler was convicted of stalking and using computers to commit a crime in Berrien County in 2019 and was ordered to three years probation. In 2008, he was convicted of assault and battery and breaking and entering/illegal entry in Kent County, receiving a one year and three month probation term. 

Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Lauren Kreinbrink said there are also misdemeanor stalking convictions on his criminal record.

“Hundreds of communications” from Eichler resulted in the probation officer pressing charges, said the prosecutor. 

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