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Posted on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 : 1:02 p.m.

Man gets prison sentence for stealing Varsity Ford employee's cherished Mustang

By Cindy Heflin

A Livingston County judge has sentenced a Brighton man to up to 20 years in prison for stealing the beloved cherry red Mustang of an employee of Varsity Ford in Ann Arbor from the dealership lot in August, the Daily Press & Argus reported.

Hans Adam Geise was caught in Brighton when a Brighton police officer spotted the vehicle at a car wash.

Geise showed up at the dealership a few days later and tried to apologize for the theft, the car's owner, Matt Stanford, told in September.



Sun, Jan 30, 2011 : 1:41 a.m.

Apparently he likes a clean car, whether stolen or his own, if in fact he has one. You play, you PAY and doesn't matter to me where or how long he sits for his crime.

Elaine F. Owsley

Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 8:02 p.m.

Would have like to read the Argus story if more than half of it was printed. Looks like the column was split down the middle.

average joe

Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 2:11 p.m.

i don't know the way the courts or prosecutors work, but since the crime was committed at varsity ford in washtenaw county, why was the case handled in Livingston county?- just askin'


Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 1:45 p.m.

Here is a link to a state website laying out his rap sheet, not including this most recent offense for which he received a sentence of UP TO 20 years (as the story states, and as &quot;Jason&quot; (above) restates as the maximum). <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 5:59 a.m.

He wasn't sentenced to 20 years in prison, h was sentenced to a MAXIMUM of 20 years. I don't know why the newspapers like to leave out the actual sentence people get, but it is most likely a sentence of 5-20 years. He will be out in no more than 6 unless he causes trouble while in prison.


Fri, Jan 28, 2011 : 8:15 p.m.

SemperFi I stand corrected. That does make a difference. But do you think he will spend more than 18 months? I still say our justice system has too many inconsistencies.

Steve in MI

Fri, Jan 28, 2011 : 7:55 p.m.

@Semper: good clarification, thank you. A plain-language reading of THIS article didn't say (or hint at) that. As written, this article seems to imply that the 3-day theft of one car was what scored him a 20-year sentence.


Fri, Jan 28, 2011 : 7:12 p.m.

At least he had the courtesy to wash the car.


Fri, Jan 28, 2011 : 7:11 p.m.

Hey guys, read the whole story. This thief pleaded guilty as a habitual offender with a criminal history that includes convictions for receiving and concealing stolen property, larceny and felonious assault. This fella seems like a career criminal.


Fri, Jan 28, 2011 : 6:33 p.m.

Don't fret Steve... 20 Years really means about 8 months! But I agree our so called judicial system is a joke!

Steve in MI

Fri, Jan 28, 2011 : 6:28 p.m.

Yeah, I still don't get this. How is stealing a $50k car worth 20 years in prison, and stealing $900k from a hockey club worth 6 months?


Fri, Jan 28, 2011 : 6:35 p.m.

As the story states (if you read the story supplied by the link), he is an habitual offender, which likely accounts for the harshness of his sentence, not this one crime.