ROGERS CITY - An Onaway man who pleaded guilty to an attempted breaking and entering of an Onaway grocery store will spend at least 20 months in prison.
Jason Stephen Ganske, 26, was sentenced Monday to 22 months to 15 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections, with credit for 41 days served, and to pay $198 in fines and costs, according to 53rd Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Rose Przybyla. He was also sentenced to 21 months to 14 years in prison for a probation violation as a result of committing the crime, with 241 days credited for time served.
Ganske told Judge Scott Pavlich in January that he had walked into Tom's Family Market shortly before the store closed on Dec. 31, 2012, and went into the women's restroom. From there, he entered the drop ceiling with the intent of waiting until the store closed to sneak into the pharmacy to steal opioids.
Before Ganske could do this, he slipped and fell through the ceiling, he told Pavlich. He then jumped to the floor and was tackled by an employee.
In exchange for his guilty plea, Ganske was sentenced as a second-time habitual offender instead of a fourth-time one. Another charge, for possesion of burglar's tools, was dropped as well.
Presque Isle County Prosecutor Richard Steiger said that a prison term was warranted in this case. He added that while it's unfortunate when someone as young as Ganske is sent to prison, past attempts to help him get on track were ignored.
"Mr. Ganske has a serious substance abuse problem. There have been attempts to assist him in overcoming that issue," he said. "Instead, he chose to continue to violate the law."
A message left for Terri Tringali, Ganske's attorney, was not returned as of press time.