Car thief gets probation and jail time

Car thief gets probation and jail time

MARQUETTE — A man accused of stealing a car and fleeing from police received his sentence in Marquette County Circuit Court Friday morning.

Twenty-two-year old Devin Dahlstrom was given two years probation along with one year in jail with credit for time served. After six months in jail, he will be allowed early release to participate in a substance abuse treatment program in Gaastra.

“I have a bad drug and alcohol problem that I now realize I cannot control on my own,” Dahlstrom said. “That’s why I’m asking for [the] opportunity for treatment.”

“When the pre-sentence report says that ‘the defendant is dangerously close to a lengthy prison sentence which may well be inevitable [if] not 100 percent committed to his efforts to remain sober,’ I want you to understand that from the system’s standpoint, that’s a pretty accurate summary,” said Judge Jennifer Mazzuchi, “and I’m not telling you that to scare you, but to give you whatever additional motivation you need to really commit to the treatment program that you’ve agreed to participate in.”

Dahlstrom could face prison time if he doesn’t complete the treatment program. His sentence was based on an agreement in which he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle in December. He was arrested in late September after stealing a car in Chocolay Township and fleeing police on foot.