Man faces deportation after jail.

June 18, 2019

Victor Rodriguez with attorney Terry Shaw.

Man faces deportation after jail.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 32-year-old Hart man received a lighter jail term for a methamphetamine possession conviction in 27th Circuit Court Monday, June 17, because he is likely being deported to Mexico following his jail stint.

Victor Ivan Rodriguez, of 3479 N. 120th Ave., was sentenced to nine months in jail with credit for 164 days served.

“The defendant’s conduct has earned him one year in the county jail,” said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon. However, in light of Rodriguez’s ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) hold, a longer jail term is futile.

“I agree with Mr. Bizon,” said Judge Robert D. Springstead. “You’ve earned every bit of a year in the county jail.” But it saves the county “a little bit of money” to not house him that long because he is likely getting deported anyway.

Rodriguez was also facing two counts of assaulting/resisting/obstructing police, which were dismissed.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are five to 23 months.

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