Montague man, 19, sent to prison for CSC.

April 9, 2018

Justin Theodore with defense attorney Terry Shaw.

Montague man, 19, sent to prison for CSC.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 19-year-old Montague man was sentenced to 23 months to five years in prison for a conviction of assault with intent to commit second-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) in 27th Circuit Court Monday, April 9.

Justin Scott Theodore, of 3527 W. Webster Rd., pleaded “no contest” last January.

Theodore heard a prepared statement Monday from the 3-year-old victim’s mother.

“I won’t ever be able to understand why you would do such a thing,” said the mother. The child will experience “trauma for the rest her life,” she said. “I hope the guilt consumes you and haunts you. I do not wish death upon you, but I do wish large amounts of pain.”

Theodore must register as a sex offender and is subject to mandatory lifetime electronic monitoring. The child’s mother reviewed the plea agreement details and agreed to the terms, previously said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon said.

The maximum term for the charge is five years in prison, said Judge Robert D. Springstead. “That’s the most I can do under the plea agreement and under the guidelines,” he said of the sentence.

The incident occurred in the Village of New Era.

Theodore was on Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) probation for a second-degree home invasion conviction at the time he committed the sexual assault. His HYTA status in that case was revoked due to his recent conviction, and he now stands convicted of two felonies.

For his probation violation conviction, Theodore received a concurrent term of 169 days in jail with credit for 169 days served.

“He has very strong family support, and you won’t see him again,” said defense attorney Terry Shaw to the judge.

Springstead gave him credit for 112 days served in jail.

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