Repeat offender faces up to life in prison.

January 29, 2018

Rodney Ramthun, left, with his attorney Kelly Lambert.

Repeat offender faces up to life in prison.

#OceanaCountyCrime

By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 50-year-old Shelby man facing felony drug charges in 27th Circuit Court is looking at serving up to life in prison due to his lengthy criminal history.

Rodney Alvin Ramthun, of 4080 W. Baker Rd., was arrested last November in Shelby Township on two counts of cocaine delivery less than 50 grams, one count of delivery/manufacture of marijuana and fourth-offense habitual offender.

Ramthun was convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon in March of 2014 in Oceana County, said Judge Robert D. Springstead. He is also convicted of two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Oceana County in 1996 and 1995.

His prior history elevates his maximum term to life in prison for the cocaine charges and 15 years for the marijuana charge, the judge said.

Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon offered a plea agreement in which Ramthun could plead to one of the cocaine charges and the habitual offender designation, and the other two charges would be dismissed. His prison time would be capped at two years.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 5-46 months, he said.

Ramthun is scheduled for a pretrial March 12 at 9 a.m.

Ramthun’s co-defendant, 19-year-old Brent Douglas Krauss, pleaded guilty to three counts of cocaine delivery and faces one year in jail. Krauss is scheduled for sentencing, Feb. 26.

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