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West Olive man guilty of terrorism, weapon crimes

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Sep 13, 2018 at 8:03 PM

West Olive resident Ryan Charles Dime, 31, pleaded guilty this week in Ottawa County Circuit Court to seven crimes, including making a terrorist threat.

Dime was charged with four felonies spread across three separate court cases, each of which also include a fourth-offense habitual offender notice, which affects sentencing lengths. In total, he pleaded guilty to seven charges.

He was arrested following a half-hour standoff with police Jan. 19 on 120th Avenue near Polk Street in Robinson Township. The day before, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into a domestic violence matter involving Dime at his West Olive home.

On Jan. 18, Dime became threatening over a child custody case. He threatened police officers, family members and Child Protective Service workers.

When police stopped his vehicle the next day, they found several weapons inside it. Dime refused to exit his vehicle, but eventually surrendered peacefully after talking to an Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office negotiator.

Although Capt. Mark Bennett of the Sheriff’s Office told The Sentinel no firearms were found in the vehicle, two of Dime’s criminal charges are related to firearms.

Along with being charged for making a terrorist threat or false report of terrorism, Dime was charged with possession of a weapon by a felon, assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony.

The specific penal code charge for the possession of a weapon charge references a “machine gun or firearm that shoots or is designed to shoot automatically more than one shot without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.”

Dime has several former criminal charges in Ottawa County, including 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.

Dime is scheduled to be sentenced for the charges Oct. 8 in front of Judge Karen Miedema. He is facing up to life in prison and/or fines of up to $20,000.

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