Judge not pleased with defendant’s ‘Happy New Year’ comment.

January 20, 2016
Marlon Ezell with his attorney, Lynn Bremer.

Marlon Ezell with his attorney, Lynn Bremer.

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HART — A 27-year-old Muskegon man who went before 27th Circuit Court Judge Anthony A. Monton Wednesday, Jan. 20, for sentencing on a cocaine conviction said, “Happy New Year’s” to Monton, and the judge was not pleased.

Marlon Demario Ezell, of 1197 Sanford St., was sentenced to serve 30 days forthwith of a one-year discretionary jail term for a conviction of possession of a narcotic or cocaine less than 25 grams.

When the judge asked him if he had anything to say during his sentencing, Ezell wished him a Happy New Year. “That’s real appropriate,” Monton said. “So, you’re not taking this real seriously.” Ezell said he was being sincere with his comment.

“I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt,” said Monton, who also ordered that Ezell refrain from alcohol and drugs and imposed a one-year suspension on his driver’s license with the opportunity for a restricted license after 60 days. He received credit for two days served in jail.

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