Dowagiac man gets additional prison time on multiple charges

Published 5:00 am Saturday, June 22, 2024

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CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man already in prison in Indiana was given additional prison terms after being sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court.

Cole Leonidas Northrop, 28, of Dowagiac, pleaded guilty to drug and other charges stemming from three incidents in 2022 and was sentenced to two concurrent prison terms of 24 months to five years for unlawful driving away of an automobile and 24 months to three years for resisting and obstructing with credit for 216 days served.

Northrop was also sentenced to credit for time served, 216 days, for attempted resisting and obstructing, attempted fleeing and eluding police and third degree retail fraud. He must pay a total of $3,171 in fines and costs.

The incidents occurred July 16, 2022 in Dowagiac for the unlawful driving away and attempted resisting and obstructing charges for the theft of a truck and other equipment, May 15, 2022 in Dowagiac for the retail theft of gas from Family Fare and attempted fleeing and eluding charges and April 22, 2022 in Dowagiac for the resisting and obstructing police charge.

Northrop was sentenced to prison in Indiana in October, 2023 on drug charges and also faces charges in Berrien County for fleeing and eluding police and possession of methamphetamine.

“Your life is pretty well out of control,” Cass County Circuit Court Judge Mark Herman said. “I hope you can get things straightened out, you will spend a lot of time in prison if you don’t get things squared away.”