Back to jail for man with 17 prior felonies

Becky Vargo • Mar 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM

A Belmont man with a lengthy criminal history earned another year behind bars when he was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

“Since I met ‘D’ in the last year and a half, she’s the best thing that ever happened to me,” said Gregory Dee Wheeler, 58. “With her, I made it 13 months until I made the bad decision to haul this tractor.”

The incident occurred on or about March 7, 2017, in Robinson Township.

This is not the same stolen tractor written about in a feature story in the Grand Haven Tribune on May 16, 2017.

Officials noted that Wheeler had 17 prior felonies and 18 prior misdemeanors, and he was on parole at the time of the incident. He has prior convictions for obtaining money through false pretenses, larceny of $20,000 or more, larceny in a building, uttering and publishing, prison escape, forgery, and failure to pay child support.

Wheeler was convicted of one count of obtaining money through false pretenses and two counts of receiving and concealing between $200 and $1,000.

Judge Jon Hulsing ordered Wheeler to pay restitution of $1,090.

“Hopefully, you get it together,” the judge said. “Otherwise, you will be a very old man dying in prison.”

Charges were dropped against a co-defendant in the case, 39-year-old Ken Holmes of Kent City, because he is facing similar charges in Kent County, Hulsing said.

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