Today in the 33rd Circuit Court in Charlevoix, Judge Roy C. Hayes III sentenced Steven Keith Lyons, 45, of Mancelona to 18 months to 10 years in prison for receiving and concealing stolen property worth $1,000 or more but less than $20,000.
Lyons’ sentence was enhanced as a habitual offender, third offense. In fact, Lyons had 15 prior felony convictions and served 13 years in prison from 2000 to 2013.
This conviction arose from a 2014 Eveline Township break-in where Lyons and a co-defendant stole a lawn tractor, chainsaw, rototiller and other property.
Lyons currently has charges pending also in Kalkaska and Grand Traverse Counties.
Also, Fernando Dale Gamez, 22, of Boyne Falls was sentenced to five months in jail, with four months held in abeyance and nine months of probation following his conviction at trial for possession of a short barreled shotgun and two misdemeanor weapons charges.
A Charlevoix County jury found Gamez guilty on October 15,2015 following a two-day trial prosecuted by Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mark Muniak.
In setting forth the sentence, Judge Roy C. Hayes III noted that the defendant could have chosen to remain silent at trial but instead took the stand. Hayes said he spoke with jurors after the trial and “the jury didn’t believe a word you said and neither did I.”
Patrick Grant Jacobson, 52, of East Jordan pled guilty to home invasion, second degree with a habitual offender, third offense notice.
That crime carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. Jacobson admitted breaking into a home in South Arm Township and stealing items.
Jacobson was arrested driving on July 2, 2015 when he was driving a four wheeler down Graham Road in South Arm Township pulling a small trailer containing furniture, a screen door, a throw rug and some insulation.
Jacobson told police he was taking the property just around the corner to his home. A search warrant was obtained and additional stolen items were located on Jacobson’s property.
Sentencing will occur on February 5, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.