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GH woman gets jail time for breaking into home

Becky Vargo • Jan 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM

A 34-year-old Grand Haven woman will continue to board at the local jail following her sentencing Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Heather Ann Zarzecki apologized for breaking into a Port Sheldon Township woman’s home and taking some of her belongings.

“I am totally sorry for what I did,” Zarzecki said during Monday’s hearing. “I am not proud of the bad choices that I made.”

A daughter of the victim said that her mother has suffered several anxiety attacks since the break-in in late August 2017. She noted that one of the items stolen — a large-screen television — might not be that big of a deal to some people, but it was meaningful to her mother.

“That was the last thing she and her husband of 52 years bought together,” the daughter said.

Defense attorney Christi Burda said the real issue her client faced was an addiction to the use of crack cocaine and then opiates. Burda asked that Zarzecki be placed in drug court “to address the core issues that brought us here today.”

Judge Karen Miedema told Zarzecki that she took advantage of an elderly person.

The judge ordered Zarzecki to serve 150 days in jail, with credit for 74 days already served. Zarzecki will also be on probation for two years and must pay $5,030 in restitution, as well as a $200 fine and costs.

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