2017-09-28 / Courts

Attempted golf cart theft part of 5- to 20-year sentence

A 32-year-old Traverse City man was sentenced to five to 20 years on three separate charges in 13th Circuit Court on Monday in connection with his attempted theft of two golf carts from Sugar Loaf Golf Course.

Jason J. Ford, who has been given credit for 111 days served, has been in the Leelanau County Jail since the June 6 incident, according to a court report.

Ford in August pleaded guilty to possession of burglary tools, receiving and concealing stolen property and drunken driving third offense, a felony. He also agreed to be sentenced as a three-time habitual offender.

In exchange for his guilty plea, two charges of receiving and concealing stolen property and three weapons charges were dismissed.

Ford will serve the three sentences concurrently.

The case stems from an incident in which Ford loaded the two golf carts on a trailer behind a motor home that had been stolen out of Grand Traverse County, court reports have said. Ford was also found to be intoxicated and driving on a suspended license.

When deputies searched the motor home they found burglary tools and a loaded rifle.

Ford will be sentenced Friday in Grand Traverse County on the stolen motor home case.

He has also been ordered to pay $419 in fines and costs.

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