Former Niles man gets probation, three others sentenced Monday

NILES – A former Niles man was sentenced to probation in Berrien County Trial Court Monday.

Jeffrey Robert Moll, 53, now of Algers, Michigan, pleaded guilty to three counts and was sentenced to probation on one count and credit for time served on the other two.

Moll was sentenced to three years’ probation, 75 days in jail with credit for 69 days served, 120 days tether and $598 in fines and costs for attempted assault with a dangerous weapon. He can be released earlier if probation officers can verify his address.

The incident occurred Aug. 20 in the city of Niles.

He also pleaded guilty to false pretenses over $200 and under $1,000 and was sentenced to credit for 69 days served, $7,053.87 in restitution and $125 in fines and costs. He was given credit for, 69 days served, for third-degree retail fraud.

The false pretenses incident occurred Sept. 28 in Niles and involved himself and three other people writing checks on different accounts to obtain money fraudulently. The retail fraud incident occurred July 3 in Niles Township.

Berrien County Trial Judge Sterling Schrock noted that he would give Moll a chance on probation although he has 11 felony convictions on his record.

“Given the circumstances the country is in right now, I’m going to put you on probation and give you a chance to prove yourself,” he said.

Moll and his attorney, Jason Engram, said Moll had been doing well until he was in a traffic accident last year and was hit by a semi. He now faces surgeries in light of his injuries.

“His loss of his job and income is not necessarily an excuse, but he wants to get life back in order,” Engram said.

“I would like to apologize to the victims and to the court and anyone who my actions impacted,” Moll added. “I turned myself in when I saw police on the scene. I just want to apologize for everything.”

“Your accident and injuries are not an excuse for you to go around committing felonies,” Judge Schrock said.

Three other sentencings also resulted in defendants getting credit for time served or released back to prison or parole hearings.

Robert Lee Gray, 41, most recently of Benton Harbor, pleaded guilty to larceny in a building and was sentenced to pay fines and costs. He is currently in prison from a 2014 home invasion sentence for a 2013 incident.

The current case also goes back to 2013 and occurred on Walton Road in Niles Township.

His past record includes the Feb. 2, 2014, sentence for second degree home invasion, an Aug. 20, 2007, sentence for larceny in a building and Nov. 30, 2000, sentences for breaking and entering a building with intent to commit larceny and attempted second degree home invasion.

Diamond Redmond King, 34, who is homeless, pleaded guilty to fourth degree fleeing and eluding police and was sentenced to credit for 56 days served plus fines and costs.

The incident occurred Jan. 18 in Niles Township.

King’s past record includes May 11, 2018, probation sentences for carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful driving away of an automobile, possession of meth and possession of analogues. Those incidents occurred in Cass County. He also had a Feb. 7, 2005, sentence in Berrien County for third degree home invasion.

Jordan Tyler Stockdale, 19, of E. Bertrand Road in Niles, pleaded guilty to using a computer with intent to commit a crime and was sentenced to fines and costs of $2,198. He received credit for no time served as he is currently on parole.

The incident occurred June 19 in Niles.

Stockdale was paroled Feb. 19, 2019, after being sentenced Sept. 11, 2018, for embezzlement over $1,000 and less than $20,000.