South Bend man sentenced for drunk driving; Dowagiac man sentenced for assault

Published 12:25 pm Friday, January 21, 2022

CASSOPOLIS — In Cass County Court Friday, a South Bend man was sentenced for third-offense drunk driving, while a Dowagiac man was sentenced for assault.

Phillip Matthew Pence, 48, of South Bend, pleaded guilty to third-offense drunk driving and was


sentenced to two years’ probation, 30 days in jail with credit for four days served, 120 days tether, 480 hours of community service and $3,358 in fines, costs and restitution. His license was revoked and his vehicle ordered immobilized.

The incident occurred May 23, 2021, at U.S. 12 and M-62 in Edwardsburg. Police stopped him after he made a turn without a turn signal and was changing lanes. His blood-alcohol level was found to be .271, more than three times the legal limit.

Also Friday, Kevin Thomas Sturgeon, 54, of Courtland Street in Dowagiac, pleaded guilty to assault


with a dangerous weapon and was sentenced to credit for 363 days already served and $2,048 in fines and costs.

That incident occurred Nov. 23, 2019, in Dowagiac.

He also pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of a building less than $200 and was sentenced to 93 days in jail with credit for 115 days served and $125 in fines and costs.

That incident occurred June 1 at the Cass County Jail.

Sturgeon is currently serving a jail sentence in Berrien County and faces an additional charge there as well as charges in Mason County, Michigan.

“It makes sense to give you credit for time served, you have much longer sentences to worry about,” Judge Herman said.