Home invasion leads to jail.

April 11, 2016
Kenyon Thomas with his attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz.

Kenyon Thomas with his attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz.

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HART — A 28-year-old Hart man was sentenced to serve nine months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term, with credit for 92 days served, Monday, April 11, in 27th Circuit Court for a conviction of second-degree home invasion.

Kenyon Clark Thomas, Jr., of 1133 W. Hazel Rd., had also faced a felony count of unlawful driving away of an automobile (UDAA), which was dismissed in a plea agreement Feb. 23 when he pleaded guilty to the home invasion charge.

“I know what I did was wrong,” Thomas told Judge Anthony A. Monton. “I take full responsibility for it,” adding that he needs to stop drinking alcohol. Thomas also apologized to the victims.

Monton also ordered that Thomas serve two years probation; must refrain from alcohol and drugs; and pay restitution of $758.12.

Sentencing guidelines are five to 17 months, and the prosecution agreed to a sentence in the mid-point of the guidelines, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

Thomas previously testified that in the early morning hours of Jan. 10, 2016, he entered a home in the 5600 block of VanBuren Road in Colfax Township. No one was home, Thomas said. He knocked on the door, which was ajar, and entered the dwelling with the intent to commit larceny, he testified.

The maximum penalty for the offense is 15 years in prison.

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