Several times on this blog we have talked about felonies and the penalties associated with them. Allegations regarding a felony offense are quite serious and should be treated as such. This means that if you are facing felony charges you may want to carefully plan your criminal defense. Failing to do so could result in a conviction, landing you in prison for years, decades or even life.
A 34-year-old man and his 22-year-old girlfriend, who referred to themselves as Bonnie and Clyde, were both taken into custody in Michigan. The man was wanted in connection with several home invasions that reportedly took place in the summer of 2012. He was charged with first-degree home invasion, receiving and concealing a firearm knowing it to be stolen and possession of a firearm by a felon. In addition, he was charged with being a habitual offender.
In Michigan, car crashes and other accidents caused by one person may result in the death of another. If the person who caused the fatal accident was accused of criminal negligence, they may find themselves facing an involuntary manslaughter charge.
A 55-year-old man was found guilty of fraud and document-altering charges on Oct. 23. Sentencing for the felony charges is slated for Nov. 3, at which point the man is required to surrender to the United States Marshal's Office. The man is said to have provided defective machine gun and grenade launcher parts to the military, creating serious risk for soldiers.
A 25-year-old Bay City thrift store owner was charged by law enforcement officers with two felonies for allegedly striking a teenager in the back of his head with a shovel on Sept. 5 around 4:54 p.m. There were conflicting witness reports. Some indicated that the defendant acted without provocation while others told officers the business owner was either acting in self-defense or in defense of his pregnant girlfriend when he struck the other man.
A Minnesota man recently turned himself in to police after a Sept. 8 incident in connection to an accidental shooting. The 21-year-old man faces felony gun charges in relation to the accident.
Residents in Michigan may benefit from learning more about the state's guidelines for felony sentencing. The most recent changes to the guidelines during 2014 have made it a felony offense to engage in certain activities with ammunitions. These guidelines are intended for felony offenses with indeterminate sentences. The guidelines are not applicable to offenses that carry a mandatory determinate penalty or life-sentence. Previous convictions are also considered when a judge issues sentencing to a defendant, and habitual offenders may receive sentencing that's 25 to 100 percent longer than normal.
Police in Michigan arrested a 55-year-old man on Aug. 5 after allegedly discovering meth waste in his home. The raid took place in Lockport Township and was conducted by the St. Joseph County Special Response Team and the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics Unit. Afterwards, the St. Joseph County Health Department declared that the man's house was not habitable for humans, and officials from Adult Protective Services stated that a vulnerable adult had been removed from the residence.
An 18-year-old woman has pleaded guilty in relation to her role in an alleged robbery of a party store located in Hampton Township. Prosecutors agreed to drop one charge of breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny in exchange for the woman's plea of guilty to one count of the same charge. Prosecutors also dropped a lesser charge of receiving and concealing stolen property as an element of the plea deal. Breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment under Michigan state law.