Muskegon man sentenced to prison for probation violation.

March 26, 2018

Richard Wiegand with defense attorney Terry Shaw.

Muskegon man sentenced to prison for probation violation.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 29-year-old Muskegon man was sentenced to 21 months to five years in prison after pleading guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, March 26, to probation violation.

The probation of Richard Lee Wiegand, of 2258 Henry St., stems from a 2016 conviction of first-degree retail fraud.

Wiegand previously testified that he stole several cartons of cigarettes from Jack’s Quick Stop in Hesperia.

Last October, Wiegand left a substance abuse treatment program without permission, violating his probation. He told Judge Robert D. Springstead Monday that he left the facility because he was threatened by two drug dealers to whom he owed money.

“I don’t buy your story about being threatened by drug dealers,” the judge said.

Wiegand also violated probation when he changed his residence without permission and failed to notify his probation agent, Springstead said.

“This defendant has exhausted all opportunities to not go to prison,” said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

He has two previous convictions in Muskegon County for car theft, and received prison terms in both cases, according to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS).

Wiegand received credit for 187 days served in jail.

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