Traverse City Record-Eagle

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July 14, 2013

Man sentenced in Grawn trailer attack

TRAVERSE CITY — LaRoy Loveland Sr. is lucky to be alive.

Every bone in his face was broken, 14 of his teeth were knocked out and he spent three weeks in the hospital with a collapsed lung and a blood clot on his brain after Steven Arthur McManus, 20, beat him inside his Grawn trailer in April.

Three months later, Loveland, 65, sat with his family in the 13th Circuit courtroom and watched as McManus was sentenced to a maximum 15-year prison sentence for the crime.

“Fine,” was all Loveland had to say about the sentence on Friday.

McManus pleaded guilty in May to second-degree home invasion and assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder. Defense attorney Dave Clark said his client let his emotions get out of control after he suspected a Loveland family member was romantically involved with his girlfriend.

McManus told Judge Thomas Power he took his anger out on the wrong person when he encountered Loveland at the trailer.

“I’m ashamed of what I’ve done,” he said.

Power said McManus’ remorse did nothing to explain why a 65-year-old man who was partially paralyzed and walked with a cane had to endure a “savage beating.”

“It’s pretty hard to understand on any level,” he said.

The judge increased McManus’ minimum sentence from 8.5 to 10 years by using the guidelines for first-degree home invasion instead of the second-degree charge in the plea agreement. McManus will serve a 6- to 10-year sentence on the assault charge concurrently with the maximum 15-year sentence for home invasion. Clark said Power exceeded the guidelines and McManus would appeal the difference in minimum sentence.

Loveland’s son LaRoy Loveland Jr. said he was happy his father’s attacker would serve even longer in prison.

“I think it was a good sentence,” he said.

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