‘Nuisance’ sentenced for third felonyPublished 9:00am Thursday, April 15, 2010
By JESSICA SIEFF
Niles Daily Star
It was three strikes and no more chances Monday in Berrien County Court when Judge Scott Schofield sentenced Jeffery Bowling for his third felony.
Bowling, who had been on parole, faced charges of police officer assault and resisting arrest.
The prosecution recommended to the court a sentence of 18 to 24 months in jail.
Bowling asked for a lighter sentence of just one year.
“I apologize to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and the people of Niles,” Bowling said. “As well as my family for shaming them once again.”
Bowling referred to himself as a “nuisance.”
“Calling yourself a nuisance,” Schofield said, “you’re probably being too kind to yourself.
“You’re not a nuisance,” he continued. “You are a danger.”
Schofield said Bowling’s criminal history almost spoke for itself.
“The least we could expect is you not commit the same crime again,” he said.
Bowling was sentenced to a minimum of 18 months in jail and a maximum of 48 months.
No credit was given for the days he’d already served.
He will be expected to pay back the estimated $34,000 his incarceration will cost the state, Schofield said.