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thief receives 13 months | Local News

CORUNNA — A Durand man was sentenced to jail on Friday by Judge Matthew Stewart for stealing a financial transaction device and must also pay more than $5,000 in restitution to the victim.

Joshua Edwards, 27, was sentenced to at least 13 months in prison and ordered to pay court costs and fines, as well as restitution in the amount of $5,902.93. He was credited with 180 days served for his sentence.

Shiawassee County Deputy Public Defender John Ryan told Stewart that his client started using drugs at a young age, which led him to steal to maintain the habit. He added that Edwards had never had any type of rehabilitation or treatment.

“I think her story starts with early trauma,” Ryan said. “This trauma caused anger…He used methamphetamine daily…As he became addicted to drugs, he found it increasingly difficult to pay for the drugs. The theft was to get the drugs. Theft has become a way of life, of survival.

Shiawassee County District Attorney Scott Koerner said Edwards has a long criminal history and faces numerous charges in Genesee County far more serious than those he was convicted of Friday. He asked for a sentence of incarceration beyond the time served.

Before he was sentenced, Edwards said he was “trying to figure out” anger issues.

Stewart told Edwards that after a plea hearing in February, he considered sentencing Edwards to the Shiawassee County drug court program. However, while awaiting trial, Edwards allegedly committed robberies and disrespected prison staff.

“You released to the county jail,” Stewart said. “It’s crazy what you did… You said you were going to do things to a correctional officer’s daughter that I can’t even put on the record.” You robbed other inmates. You have been assaulted. How can I work with this? You knew we were working for you.

Edwards was sentenced to 17 years in prison for the third-degree home invasion, serving eight years for that offense.

Currently in Genesee County, Edwards faces 14 counts, including racketeering, breaking and entering a damaged vehicle, possessing a financial transaction device without consent, and tampering with evidence.

If found guilty at trial, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

According to Genesee County court records, Edwards is due for a jury trial on those charges on June 15.