Meth-related sentences

Published 4:11 pm Thursday, November 10, 2011

CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man, Jordan Todd Vanallsburg, Friday received two years in prison in Cass County Circuit Court for methamphetamine-related charges.
Vanallsburg, 21, of 201 Sherwood St., pleaded guilty Oct. 3 to operating and maintaining a meth lab, which is punishable by up to 20 years; meth possession, a 10-year maximum; and maintaining a drug house, which carries a possible two-year penalty.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Frank Machnik said Vanallsburg had no prior felony convictions and one misdemeanor. Defense attorney Lawrence Quigley added that he enjoys considerable family support, has a 2-year-old daughter and takes responsibility for his actions July 18 on Dutch Settlement Street before Circuit Judge Michael E. Dodge imposed the sentence, which includes credit for 100 days served.
Jerry Henry Owens III, 18, of 116 S. Front St., Dowagiac, pleaded guilty Sept. 22 to second-degree home invasion Dec. 17, 2010, when he broke a kitchen window and entered a home at 301 Jefferson St. in Dowagiac and stole property belonging to Sommer Bowen-Sharrai.
Owens apologized for his “childish behavior. I guarantee it won’t happen again.”
A DNA test of blood found at the scene confirmed his involvement in his first adult offense after nine juvenile misdemeanors.
Dodge crafted a two-year probation sentence for 365 days in jail, with credit for 55, and the last 120 days at Twin County Probation Center, plus $579.82 restitution.
“Here’s your opportunity to succeed,” the judge said. “Take advantage of it.”
In a Decatur case, Kraig Earl Haun Jr., 30, of 77111 46th St., received 365 days in jail for possessing meth June 3 on Dewey Lake Street in Volinia Township when the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team searched a residence.
Haun, who pleaded guilty July 25, was involved in hiding the laboratory, Machnik said, but as part of a plea agreement with the prosecutor’s office agreed to testify against a co-defendant.
However, he was on probation from a previous meth offense last Nov. 17, for which he had been sentenced Jan. 7.
Dodge revoked his probation and gave Haun 365 days in jail with credit for 263 — 155 spent in jail and 108 at the Twin County Probation Center.
Haun said he is attending church and apologized for bringing a dangerous drug into the community. “I do want help” with his addiction, Haun said.