Case against accused robber moves to higher court

November 2, 2022


Case against accused robber moves to higher court

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — The criminal case against a 51-year-old Mears man accused of robbing and assaulting an elderly couple in Golden Township and then fleeing in their vehicle last September was bound over to Oceana County’s 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Harold Raymond Labeau, of 5845 W. 6th St., appeared in Oceana County’s 79th District Court with defense attorney Julie Springstead-Waltz.

Labeau, who is lodged in the Oceana County Jail on a $1 million bond, waived his preliminary exam and entered a not guilty plea. A pretrial will be scheduled in circuit court.

Labeau exits the courtroom Tuesday.

Labeau is also accused of getting into a gunfight with a Mason County sheriff’s deputy in Mason County’s Summit Township near Bass Lake, resulting in Labeau being shot in the hip by the officer and ultimately captured after being on the run for two days following the robbery.

Harold Labeau with his attorney, Julie Springstead-Waltz.

In Oceana County, Labeau is charged with armed robbery, which is punishable by up the life in prison; first-degree home invasion, which carries a 20-year maximum; larceny of a firearm, which is a five-year felony; and three counts of felony firearm, each of which are punishable by up to two years in prison. He is being charged as a four-time habitual offender.

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