STANTON — A man was sentenced to jail time Thursday after stealing a vehicle from the Road Commission for Montcalm County and then fleeing Michigan almost eight years ago.
Anthony Weir, 28, was charged with unlawfully driving away an automobile, malicious destruction of property more than $1,000 and malicious destruction of property to gates and fences. He pleaded guilty to unlawfully driving away an automobile.
Weir was sentenced Thursday to 10 months in the Montcalm County Jail with credit for 75 days already served, five years probation, 150 hours of community service and $4,292.70 in restitution to the Road Commission for Montcalm County.
Weir was 21 years old when he stole a Ford F-150 pickup truck from Road Commission for Montcalm County in Stanton the night of Aug. 24, 2004. He drove the vehicle through a fence to escape. Neighbors saw the truck parked in front of Weir’s Fenwick home and called the police. The hood, windshield and top of the truck were damaged.
Weir fled Michigan and lived in Oregon and Nevada before returning to his mother’s home in Michigan, where he was apprehended.
8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge David Hoort was going to send Weir to prison instead of jail, but changed his mind after speaking with probation officers.
“You are fortunate that you are not on your way to prison,” the judge told Weir.