White Cloud man pleads to attempted pot larceny

May 11, 2015
Richard Wilson, at right, with his attorney, Rick Prysock.

Richard Wilson, at right, with his attorney, Rick Prysock.

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HART — A 39-year-old White Cloud man pleaded no contest in 27th Circuit Court Monday, May 11, to attempted larceny $1,000-$20,000 in connection to an incident at a medical marijuana growing operation last fall in Newfield Township that involved an exhaustive manhunt by police for the other four co-defendants involved.

Richard Wilson’s plea agreement includes a 30-day maximum jail sentence, and he is scheduled for sentencing June 2 at 9 a.m. The four co-defendants are Daniel Swanger, Dillan Slade, Jerome-James Kenneth-Hampton and Jesse Ingalls-Johnson.

Swanger and Hampton have been sentenced.

Attempted larceny $1,000-$20,000 is punishable by up to two and a half years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

Wilson “conspired with the others to steal medical marijuana,” Oceana County Prosecutor Joe Bizon said. Although he was not physically at the crime scene, he “drew maps and came up with the plan,” Bizon said.

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