Spring Lake woman fights to get her father out of prison

Drug laws in Michigan

SPRING LAKE, MICH. - It has been more than 15 years since one Spring Lake woman last saw her father outside prison. Now she's doing everything she can to help change drug laws in the state.

"That's my dad and my brother and me," Kaylee Gundy said as she pointed at an old photo.

Gundy was 9 years old when she last saw her father free.

"My dad got caught up in the wrong situation, he was offered money to help deal drugs basically and he is incarcerated now for that and he has been for the last 16 years," she said.

Gundy's father David Streeter was charged with maintaining a lab involving hazardous waste, manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. He was sentenced as a fourth habitual offender to 20 to 75 years in each charge.

His daughter says he's not eligible for parole until his minimal time is served.

"That's 2043. I mean my dad is almost 60 years old, he's not a threat to society anymore," she said.

A man whose charges, she believes, should be included in new laws being considered.

"Currently we have people faced with life in prison for possession of certain amount of narcotics and we want them to have a chance a parole," Senator Rick Jones said.

Jones is one of the sponsors of two bills that would give some people convicted of drug charges a chance at parole.

But Gundy has learned those laws do not include her father.

"I was crying on the phone and the guy was just like I'm sorry but there's nothing we can do," she said.

"In the case you have referenced the man is a habitual offender. Obviously this man didn't learn after he committed an offense a first or second time," Jones said as he referred to Gundy's fathers case.

But Kaylee hopes lawmakers can reconsider for the sake of her father, and her family.

"At this point he's not going to know the joy of being a Grandpa," Gundy said. "I know that he's a good person and he doesn't deserve to die in prison."

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