A Sherwin-Williams paint store in Emmett Township was robbed on December 9, 2017 by an armed man who fired a shot into the ceiling, and escaped with money. The suspect entered the store wearing a ski mask.
If someone is charged with armed robbery and/or theft in the state of Michigan, the first thing needed will be an aggressive, experienced criminal defense attorney. Michigan takes these charges very seriously, and can impose very lengthy sentences, up to life in prison. It is best that a defendant in these types of cases not even speak with police until a lawyer is present, so as to preserve any possible defense, and refrain from further incriminating themselves.
Michigan Penal Code 750.530 specifies actions which could result in a felony charge and a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. If an individual attempts to commit larceny, which is defined as theft of personal property whether it be money or other product, using force, violence, or fear, he or she could be subject to such punishment. Fleeing the scene of the crime is also a factor in sentencing.
In addition, Michigan Penal Code 750.529 adds the stipulation that if the individual committing the crime used a dangerous weapon, or even insinuated that such a weapon was present, the crime shall be punishable by up to life in prison.
An individual accused of armed robbery in Michigan should, upon notification of the charges, immediately contact an attorney for guidance. For charges this serious, it could mean the difference between their being completely dropped, or life in prison.
Source: MLive, "Armed man robs paint store, fires shots into ceiling," John Tunison, December 9, 2017