HILLSDALE — A probable cause conference scheduled for a Jonesville man Sept. 9 was postponed to Sept. 16 due to some confusion.
Sonny Wayne Mansell Sr., 60, was on pre-trial release on a slew of criminal charges stemming back to late July and early August when he turned himself in Sept. 4 on two new charges: breaking and entering a vehicle with intent to commit larceny and theft from a building.
He was released shortly after turning himself in and given a different court date than Sept 9, which caused him some confusion so he missed court for the original charges Sept. 9.
Hillsdale County District Court staff confirmed Friday morning that Mansell called the court Wednesday when he realized the mistake and all matters have now been set for 10 a.m. Sept. 16.
In addition to the two new charges, Mansell is charged with two counts of second-degree retail fraud, breaking and entering a building with the intent to commit larceny, unlawfully driving away an automobile, larceny from a motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon.
Mansell’s crime spree began days after he was discharged from parole on July 23 by the Michigan Department of Corrections after completing a sentence imposed in 2016 for possession of heroin as a second offense.
Mansell pleaded guilty to the crime in August 2016 in a plea bargain with the Hillsdale County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office who agreed to dismiss more serious accusations of delivery of a controlled substance that contributed to an overdose death.
Just days after being discharged from parole, Mansell is accused of stealing a pair of shoes from Wal-Mart in Jonesville on July 27.
The next day, Mansell was back at it again at Walmart where he is alleged to have stolen a fishing pole.
The Jonesville City Police Department charged Mansell with two counts of second-degree retail fraud for those crimes.
Then, on Aug. 12, Mansell is accused of breaking into a business in Jonesville where three nail guns and a “string of lights” were stolen, according to a complaint filed with 2B District Court.
Two days later, on Aug. 14, Mansell is accused of stealing a car from another Jonesville business.
He has also been charged with carrying a concealed weapon for possessing a fixed blade tactical knife.