Niles man gets prison time on multiple charges

Published 1:00 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2024

NILES — A Niles man was sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court after pleading guilty to resisting and obstructing police and other charges.

Todd Edward Wilson, 59, of Niles, pleaded guilty to resisting and obstructing police and was sentenced to 12 months to two years in prison. He has credit for four days already served and must pay $198 in fines and costs.

He also pleaded guilty to assault and battery and impaired driving on the same occasion as well as no contest to indecent exposure on another occasion.

He received a sentence of credit for four days served and $50 for the assault and battery charge and a sentence of credit for four days served and $1,396.52 in fines, costs and restitution on the impaired driving charge. He was sentenced to credit for three days served and $125 in fines and costs on the indecent exposure charge.

The resisting police, assault and impaired driving charges occurred June 3, 2023 in Niles, while the indecent exposure incident occurred July 9, 2023 when he urinated in someone’s yard in Niles.

Wilson’s attorney said that Wilson had a traumatic brain injury in 2022 and didn’t intend to do anything lewd or indecent when he urinated in someone’s yard. The attorney said Wilson has mental health and anger issues that should be treated.

Wilson said he has been getting treatment and would like to stay in therapy to deal with his anger issues.

Berrien County Trial Judge Jennifer Smith said she was concerned about Wilson’s behavior in the two incidents as well as his history of violence. She noted that in the June 3 incident, he chased someone down and smashed into a car as well as resisted police. She called Wilson’s actions in the July 9 incident “inappropriate.”

“I have to take into account that you have been on probation numerous times and have ended up in prison after violating your probation,” the judge said. “I will give you credit that you’ve started treatment, that’s a good thing certainly.”