February 12, 2016

Pinconning meat heist lands two in jail


PINCONNING — Monday a third defendant was sentenced to jail in connection to a heist of approximately a half ton of meat from the Berthiaume Slaughter House in Pinconning last year.

David Payne, of Pinconning, was sentenced in Bay County Circuit Court to 178 days in jail. He pleaded guilty in August to breaking and entering and larceny less than $20,000.

Two co-defendants sentenced prior to Monday, Billy Willis, 32, of Standish, and David Lachcik, 33, of Pinconning, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering charges. Willis received one year in jail, while Lachcik was sentenced to three years probation.

Another suspect, Jolene Willis, is due in court on March 9, on charges on safe breaking, breaking and entering and larceny less than $20,000.

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