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Ludington sentenced to jail, probation for breaking and entering

April 10, 2019

A Ludington homeless man was sentenced two concurrent terms of jail time and probation for his part in three breaking-and-enterings and hiding stolen property, Tuesday in 51st Circuit Court by Susan K. Sniegowski.

Brandon Gene DeJonge, 27, had pleaded guilty last month for his part in the entries in which electronics, DVDs and other items had been stolen.

He was sentenced to concurrent terms of two years probation and one year in jail, with 10 months of the jail time to be served up front with credit to be given for 131 days already served. DeJonge was ordered to pay $1,364 in fines, costs and other court fees. The amount of restitution was reserved for 90 days while the parties involved determine the amount.

“This man was homeless until the time of his arrest,’ Prosecuting Attorney Paul Spaniola said. “And he has no education to build on. He’s just been getting by. He needs to learn how to support himself as an adult. I’m recommending that the court follow the sentencing guidelines.”

Defense attorney Doug Stevenson had asked the court to sentence his client to just 8 months in jail, instead of 10, because he has served nearly 4 months already.

“You’ve been involved in three different incidents here,” Judge Sniegowski told DeJonge. “You targeted these people because they weren’t being nice to your girlfriend. These people were giving you a place to live, and they just ask you to pay rent which is reasonable.

“Mr. DeJonge you have to learn to pay your way,” she continued. “You’re an adult and need to learn how to make adult decisions. Life isn’t going to get better for you unless you do your part. I’m going to say that part of your probation terms are going to be that you obtain a GED as a start.”