Shelby man sent to prison for meth.

August 14, 2017

Michael Lyles with his attorney, Terry Shaw.

Shelby man sent to prison for meth.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 47-year-old Shelby man was sentenced to 18 months to 10 years in prison in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Aug. 14, for a conviction of methamphetamine possession.

Michael John Lyles, of 6785 W. Johnson Rd., was arrested by the State, Sheriffs’, Chiefs’ Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT) for felony counts of methamphetamine possession and hydromorphine possession, less than 25 grams. Lyles testified that he was in possession of “a little over a gram” of meth last January in Hart Township.

He pleaded guilty to meth possession, June 19.

Lyles was on parole at the time of the offense. His sentence runs consecutively to any parole violation sanctions he receives, Judge Robert D. Springstead said previously.

Because Lyles was a fourth-offense habitual offender, it raised his possible maximum term to life in prison. In exchange for his plea to meth possession, the hydromorphine possession charge and the habitual-offender designation were dismissed. The sentencing guidelines in the case were 10-23 months, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

According to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS), Lyles has served six previous prison terms for convictions of third-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC), failure to register as a sex offender, marijuana delivery, possession of firearms by a felon, larceny over $100 and breaking and entering a building with intent.

His record includes nine felonies and eight misdemeanors, the judge said.

Lyles’ attorney, Terry Shaw, asked Springstead for a county jail term, but the judge did not agree. Based on Lyles’ lengthy criminal record, the prosecutor also did not agree.

“It is time for him to go to prison,” Bizon said.

“I think you’ve earned the 18-month sentence,” said Springstead, adding that Lyles was “lucky” that the prosecutor dismissed the habitual offender designation.

Lyles received no credit for his time served in jail, because he was on parole at the time of the offense, the judge said.

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