Briggs before court for status conference
IONIA COUNTY — Drug and concealed weapons charges dominated the Ionia County 8th Circuit Court docket Monday.
Justin Teneyque, 30, a truck driver from Illinois, was sentenced to spend 12 months in the Ionia County Jail, with credit for 101 days already served. He will be on probation for three years, and must pay costs and fees.
Teneyque was charged with controlled substance — possession of methamphetamine/ecstasy and carrying a concealed weapon. He was stopped by police Dec. 2, 2016, while traveling on I-96 in Boston Township, for having no registration plate in the rear window of the commercial box truck he was driving, said Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler.
“He had a 25-caliber pistol, unregistered, in a duffle bag in the vehicle, in reach and loaded,” Butler said. “A search revealed drugs.”
Based on Teneyque’s criminal history, he scored at five months to 23 months on the first charge and seven months to 23 months on the second.
“Based on the totality of the current circumstances we felt keeping him local, rather than sending him to prison, was appropriate,” Butler said. “His prior history was pretty old — his last major criminal offense was in 2004. He’s kept clean for a long time.”
Cody Philips, 27, of Ionia, was in Circuit Court Monday for sentencing on one charge of controlled substance — possession of Tramadol, a felony with a possible penalty of up to two years. He scored zero to nine months, given his criminal history.
Philips was to be sentenced under the 7411 statute, which allows a defendant charged…
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