Niles man gets prison time for stolen vehicle charges

Published 10:29 am Tuesday, July 12, 2022

NILES — A Niles man was sentenced to prison in Berrien County Trial Court in Niles Monday while three others received probation sentences.

Chad Robert Manigold, 40, of Silverbrook Avenue in Niles, pleaded guilty to receiving, concealing or possession of a stolen motor vehicle and was sentenced to 16 months to five years in prison. He has credit for one day already served and must pay $198 in fines and costs. Restitution will be determined at a later date for the damage to the vehicle. 

The incident occurred Feb. 27 in the city of Niles. 

“He accepts responsibility and doesn’t made any excuses for the bad choices he made including using drugs,” defense attorney Carri Briseno said.  

She noted that Manigold is employed and has also started his own construction and lawn maintenance business. She said he only has one year left in college to get a degree in business and has been attending counseling. She acknowledged that he does have cases pending in Indiana. 

She asked the judge to consider sentencing Manigold to the Swift & Sure probation program, noting that there would be severe consequences including prison if he violates it. 

Manigold apologized to the victim and said he has had a problem with drugs. “I have turned my life around … I want to maintain my business,” he said. 

Judge Schrock noted that the pending charges in Indiana are serious ones including a felony stalking charge. “You’ve been this new Mr. Manigold for 60 days, it’s easy to do that when you’re facing what you’re facing,” he said. 

“I’m sure people get to the point in life that they think that enough is enough but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to put you on probation when you face serious charges in Indiana,” he said. 

In other sentencings: 

  • Morton Dykema II, 50, of Clark Street in Buchanan, pleaded guilty to resisting and obstructing police and disturbing the peace and was sentenced to two years probation, credit for four days served and $658 in fines and costs on the resisting charge and credit for four days served for disturbing the peace. The incident occurred May 10 in Buchanan Township. 
  • Jack Curtis Hicks, 37, of Marcellus, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a motor vehicle and was sentenced to three years probation, credit for 49 days served, 120 days tether and $598 in fines and costs. The incident occurred Jan. 20 in Niles Township. 
  • Allen Witt, 21, of Buchanan, pleaded guilty to resisting and obstructing police and was sentenced to two years probation, credit for 57 days served, 90 days tether and $808 in fines, costs and restitution. He was given credit for 57 days served for domestic violence. The incident occurred Sept. 2, 2021 in Berrien Springs.