STANTON — A Carson City man charged with multiple crimes in four separate cases was sentenced to up to five years in prison Thursday.
Brandon Devers, 28, was originally charged with arson of personal property and receiving and concealing stolen property (a motor vehicle) in one case, possessing meth, possessing marijuana and fourth-degree fleeing and eluding a police officer in a second case and unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle in two other cases.
Devers pleaded guilty to two charges of unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding a police officer in the fourth degree and possession of marijuana. He admitted to stealing a Ford truck from a Bloomer Township residence on Feb. 16, stealing a GMC Jimmy from a Richland Township residence on March 5 and fleeing from a Michigan State Police trooper in Crystal Township on March 5.
The owner of the stolen Ford truck addressed Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger in 8th Judicial Circuit Court before Devers was sentenced Thursday morning.
“I just want to know why he stole my truck,” the young man said. “That was the first truck I ever bought with my own money and it took me a while. I just want to know why.”
Devers tearfully apologized to the victim.
“I knew it was his first truck,” Devers said. “I saw him drive it every day. I don’t know what I was thinking. I was high and I was scared.”
Devers has a drug problem and has been taking meth almost every day since 2008. He’s done prison time as well.
“You really gave up your freedom a long time ago,” Kreeger observed.
“Yeah,” Devers agreed.
Kreeger sentenced Devers to from 16 months to five years in prison with credit for 199 days already served, plus $12,868.51 in restitution.
Michigan State Police troopers investigated the breaking and entering of a building in the Carson City area on March 5, where meth lab components were left behind. Information was developed on a suspect and his location, as well as a GMC Jimmy, which had been stolen that morning.
The stolen vehicle was seen on Crystal Road. A traffic stop was attempted, but Devers refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. Devers attempt to evade a trooper by traveling at a high rate of speed over the distance of several miles, committing numerous traffic violations in the process.
Devers eventually stopped when he was unable to elude the trooper. He had several felony warrants out for his arrest, in addition to the other charges.
The vehicle was identified as being stolen from a residence on Church Road in the Vestaburg area in the early morning hours. Upon a search of the vehicle, meth and marijuana were located and seized.