Man with 9 prior felonies, 11 misdemeanors sent back to prison

March 19, 2024


By Allison Scarbrough, News Editor

LUDINGTON — A 40-year-old man was sentenced to two to 10 years in prison for a conviction of bringing contraband into a jail/prison in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, March 19.

Jaydee Vernon Lafreniere pleaded guilty to the charge, Jan. 30, and admitted that he brought fentanyl into the jail. In exchange for the plea, the prosecution agreed not to charge Lafreniere with fentanyl possession, said Mason County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Beth Hand. 

Lafreniere, who was prosecuted as a four-time habitual offender, will serve a consecutive parole violation sentence, said Hand. He has nine prior felonies and 11 misdemeanors, she said.

The maximum possible term for the conviction is five years. Lafreniere’s habitual offender status elevated his possible maximum term to life in prison, said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski.

Lafreniere’s attorney Tracie Dinehart asked for a county jail term followed by drug rehab. “He wants to prove to himself and quite frankly to society that he isn’t what appears on paper,” said Dinehart.

“I’ve never spoke to this court before,” said Lafreniere. I always kept my mouth shut and went right to prison.” 

However, he took the opportunity to address the court this time. “I’ve taken a lot of steps in the last two years to change myself. My record is all dope – it’s as long as my arm. It has been the major factor in my life — the hurdle — since I was 13 years old.”

Judge Susan K. Sniegowski said she appreciates his willingness to change. “I’m always encouraged when people stand up and say they’re ready to change.” However, she said that she could not ignore his long record; absconding from parole; and bringing contraband into the jail. She encouraged Lafreniere to participate in prison programs that can help him change his ways. “Take advantage of the programming, and you can change. Good luck to you, Mr. Lafreniere

Lafreniere received no credit for his time served in jail, because he was on parole at the time of his offense.

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