Three Oaks man sentenced to prison after dropping bag of meth at casino

Published 8:58 am Monday, October 29, 2018

CASSOPOLIS – A Three Rivers man who dropped a bag of methamphetamine on the floor at the Dowagiac Four Winds Casino has been sentenced to prison.

Shane Lee Henderson, 29, of Three Rivers, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine as a habitual offender and was sentenced to two to 15 years in prison. He must pay $1,198 in fines and costs and has credit for no days served as he was on parole at the time.

The prison sentence is also consecutive to whatever he gets for violating his parole. He was released on parole Aug. 10, 2017, from concurrent prison sentences for resisting and obstructing and fleeing police in St. Joseph County, Michigan.

The incident occurred June 12 at the Four Winds Casino on M-51 South near Dowagiac.

Henderson apologized and said he had made a lot of bad decisions.

“I’m ready to make a change,” he said.

Cass Circuit Judge Mark Herman noted that at age 29, Henderson has 17 felony and misdemeanor convictions and was on parole with outstanding warrants from Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties at the time of the incident.

“We’ve given you half a dozen chances on probation, I think the (prison) recommendation is appropriate,” Herman said. “The sentence does take into consideration that you get no credit for the 136 days you’ve already served.”

A Berrien Springs man who broke into a Howard Township home was sentenced to probation and a year in jail.

Herbert Lee McGraw II, 33, of Long Lake Road in Berrien Springs, pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of a building $1,000 or more as a habitual offender and was sentenced to three years of probation, 365 days in jail, completion of the Twin County Probation Program, $1,908 in fines and costs and $2,994.51 in restitution.

He has credit for 144 days already served and can serve the rest of the jail sentence at Twin County. He can have the felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor if he pays the restitution owed.

The incident occurred April 22 at a residence on VanLue Drive near Niles. McGraw crashed through a picture window at the home and was held at gunpoint by the homeowner until police arrived.

The homeowner, Mark Kromer, said he and his wife are still anxious months later.

“We’ve never been this scared before, it’s ruined our lives pretty good,” he said. “We’re pretty paranoid, we live at the end of a dead-end road and we leave the lights on at night.”

Cass Prosecutor Victor Fitz noted that McGraw was suffering hallucinations that night after taking marijuana and other drugs.

“Marijuana was part of his cocktail that night,” Fitz said. “It was a pretty scary, volatile situation and he’s lucky he’s alive.”

Judge Herman noted that McGraw was lucky he wasn’t injured more seriously from breaking through the window and that the homeowner didn’t shoot him.

“A lot of people would shoot you on the spot and be justified to do so,” Herman said.

“You’re lucky you’re not going to prison,” he added. “If you haven’t learned that using drugs isn’t downright stupid, you haven’t learned anything.”

A Mishawaka woman who was found high on drugs at the Eagle Lake public access area near Edwardsburg in late May turned down a chance for a special probation that would have kept the charge off her record.

Holly Ann Miller, 33, of Mishawaka, pleaded guilty to possession of controlled substances-analogues and possession of marijuana and was sentenced to one year probation, credit for two days already served and $2,028 in fines, costs and restitution.

She had been offered the chance to be on a special probation for two years and keep the felony off her record, but chose instead to opt for the one year probation.

The incident occurred May 31 at the Eagle Lake public access area. Police received a call about an intoxicated female and found her with marijuana and pills.

“You are 33 years old, have a ninth-grade education, two children and you live with your parents,” Herman said. “In this situation, you should have been home with your kids and not out drinking and taking drugs.”