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Terrorism suspect’s court cases to be consolidated

Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Jun 27, 2018 at 6:00 AM

A West Olive man accused of making threats of terrorism, among other things, is seeking to have his three court cases consolidated into two.

Ryan Charles Dime, 31, was arrested by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office after he was stopped in his vehicle in Robinson Township on Jan. 19. After a half-hour standoff, Dime surrendered peacefully to deputies and a tactical unit. Several weapons were found in Dime’s vehicle, but no firearms.

He is also facing charges related to a domestic violence incident that happened the day before in his West Olive home, where Dime allegedly became threatening over a child custody case. Police said Dime threatened police officers, family members and Child Protective Services workers.

The following charges were split into three court cases. One case includes the terrorism charge, another case is for the possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony and, though police said they did not find any firearms in his vehicle, Dime was charged with being in possession of a machine gun.

Dime will have a hearing July 9 in Ottawa County Circuit Court to consolidate the machine gun and terrorism charges into one court case, rather than two. The possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony case will remain its own separate court case.

All three original cases include habitual offender notices, which would increase Dime’s potential maximum sentences if he is convicted.

Dime has several former criminal charges on his record in Ottawa County, including guilty pleas for being a felon in possession of a weapon and threatening a Family Independence Agency employee in 2017. He also has pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace, driving with an invalid license, and using marijuana between 2010 and 2014.

Making threats of terrorism is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $20,000. Because Dime is listed as a fourth-offense habitual offender and the original charge has a maximum of more than 15 years in prison, he is facing up to a sentence of life in prison if he is convicted. There are additional prison sentences attached to his other charges.

Currently, a jury trial is scheduled for Dime’s terrorism charge on Sept. 11 in front of Judge Karen Miedema.

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