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Court News and Rulings

This weeks updates and crime trials.

Dylan Scott Burger, 25, of the Brooks Correction Facility in Muskegon, was found guilty of second-degree home invasion. He was sentenced by Barry County Judge Michael Schipper to two to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay $1,298 in fines and costs, which includes $500 in restitution. A concurrent sentence of boot camp was recommended. In this case, the court found that the prisoner owed $798, not including restitution, so it was ordered that the Department of Corrections collect 50 percent of all funds over $50 a month received by Burger. When the sum of amounts collected exceeds $100, the corrections department will remit that amount to the court. Withdrawal from Burger’s trust account and remittance to the court will continue until the obligation is paid in full.



Joshua Dawson, 30, of Nashville, was found guilty of failing to report an accident. Charges of operating a vehicle on a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance were dismissed. He was sentenced by Judge Amy McDowell to serve 86 days in jail and received credit for 86 days served. He was ordered to pay $125 in fines and costs.

In a second case, Dawson was convicted of delivering a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Maintaining a drug house and miscellaneous weapons charges were dismissed. He was sentenced by Judge McDowell to serve six months and six days in jail, after being credited for 86 days, He was ordered by pay $769 in fines and costs.



Tyler Scott Farrah, 25, homeless, was found guilty by Judge McDowell of fleeing a police officer, third degree; and for possession of the controlled substance methamphetamine. Charges of possession of methamphetamine, operating a vehicle on a suspended license, malicious destruction of property and reckless driving were dismissed. He was ordered to serve six months and two days in jail after receiving credit for 182 days served. Farrah was ordered to pay $573 in fines and costs. He was instructed to receive substance abuse assessment and treatment as recommended, with self-help group attendance four times a week. He must obtain a high school diploma or General Education Development equivalent.



Joseph Arthur Finch, 34, of Kalamazoo, was found guilty by Judge McDowell of failing to pay child support. He was ordered to serve eight days in jail with credit for eight days served, followed by 60 months of probation. He was ordered to pay $198 in fines and costs, with an addition of $100 on arrears and a probation fee of $600.



Jacob Anthony Fulford, 20, of Nashville, was found guilty of assaulting a police officer and violating probation Aug. 8, 2018. Judge McDowell ordered that his probation and Holmes Youthful Trainee Act status be revoked, and Fulford was remanded to jail to serve 95 days, beginning Jan. 3.



Jesse Aaron Goforth-Stevenson, 34, of Holland, was found guilty of larceny in a building and safe breaking as a third-time habitual offender. Another charge of safe breaking and a charge of larceny involving firearms were dismissed. He was sentenced by Judge McDowell to one to 10 years in prison with credit for 141 days. He was ordered to pay $5,050 in fines and costs, which includes restitution of $4,784.



Toby McLeod, 42, of Portland, was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon and second-degree domestic violence. Charges of third-degree arson, arson in preparing to burn property, malicious destruction of property and operating without a license were dismissed. He was sentenced as a second-time habitual offender by Judge McDowell to serve 12 months in jail, with credit for 123 days served. He was ordered to pay $651 in fines and costs and serve 36 months of probation. Six months of jail time will be suspended upon successful completion of probation, with substance abuse assessment and treatment as recommended with continued mental health treatment and self-help group three times a week. McLeod must be employed 30 hours per week within 30 days of release from jail and obtain a GED or high school diploma. Restitution must be submitted within 30 days and oversight fees of $720 were assessed.

In a second case, McLeod was convicted of malicious destruction of property over $1,000 and being a second-time habitual offender. He was sentenced to six months in jail, with credit for 121 days served. He was ordered to pay $523 in fines and costs.



Steve Martin Patterson Jr., 40, of Hastings, was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and was sentenced by Judge McDowell to serve 90 days in jail, with credit for two days served. He was ordered to pay $523 in fines and costs. His driver’s license was suspended for 60 days and restricted for 305 days.

In a second case, Patterson was found guilty of breaking and entering a building; a charge of malicious destruction of $200 or more was dismissed. He was sentenced to serve 12 months in jail with credit for one day served. He was ordered to pay $1,073 in fines and costs, which include restitution of $490. He was ordered to serve 36 months on probation, with oversight fees of $360. He was ordered to serve nine months in jail, and then be released to the Westside Residential Alternative to Prison program and to comply with all other terms of probation.



Sean Allan Raymond, 36, of Delton, was found guilty of failing to pay child support. He was sentenced as a second-time offender by Judge McDowell to serve 11 months, with credit for 108 days, which resulted in seven months and 14 days in jail. Raymond was ordered to pay $483 in fines and costs and serve 60 months on probation. He also was ordered to pay probation oversight fees of $600 and comply with all terms of probation.



Jamie Christina Reece, 39, of Shelbyville, was found guilty of possessing a controlled substance, methamphetamine. A charge of possession of marijuana was dismissed by Judge McDowell. Reece was sentenced to two days in jail, with credit for two days and ordered to pay $723 in fines and costs. Her driver’s license was suspended for 60 days and restricted for 305 days.



Adam Patrick Roxbury, 39, of Hopkins, was found guilty of assaulting a police officer. A charge of operating a vehicle on a suspended license was dismissed. He was sentenced by Judge McDowell to serve 82 days in jail, with credit for 82 days. He was ordered to pay $423 in fines and costs.



John Michael Ulrich, 52, of Hastings, was found guilty of unlawfully driving a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. Charges of stealing a financial transaction device and larceny of less than $200 were dismissed. Ulrich was sentenced as a fourth-time habitual offender by Judge McDowell to serve concurrent prison terms of 72 to 240 months on the first count and 72 to 180 months on the second count, with credit for 114 days served in jail. He was ordered to pay $266 in fines and costs.



Jack Anthony Wagner, 35, of Middleville, was found guilty of delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and possession of firearms. Additional charges, including carrying a concealed weapon and operating without a license, were dismissed. Wagner was sentenced by Judge McDowell to prison for concurrent terms of 60 to 240 months on the first count and 12 to 60 months on the second count, with credit for 81 days served in jail. He was ordered to pay $266 in fines and costs. His sentence is concurrent with those in Eaton County.

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