Ludington man sent to prison for home invasion.

October 4, 2016
Mykel Horsley with his attorney, Chad Derouin.

Mykel Horsley with his attorney, Chad Derouin.

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Ludington man sent to prison for home invasion.

By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 26-year-old Ludington man was sentenced Tuesday, Oct. 4, in 51st Circuit Court to two to 45 years in prison for a conviction of third-degree home invasion despite his emotional pleas to Judge Susan K. Sniegowski for a jail term.

Mykel Dalton Horsley, of 711 E. Loomis St. pleaded guilty in 51st Circuit Court last August to third-degree home invasion, second-offense aggravated domestic assault, aggravated assault and fourth-offense habitual offender.

Horsley initially faced one count of first-degree home invasion stemming from the incident last April on Danaher Street in the City of Ludington, but that charge was dismissed in a plea agreement.

Sentencing guidelines are 12-48 months, said Mason County Assistant Prosecutor Glen Jackson III. The prosecution requested a four-year prison term due to the “chilling” details of the incident, Jackson said. Horsley broke into the apartment of the victim with whom he had previous dating relationship. The door was chained, and Horsley kicked the door open, he said. He assaulted a male who was in the apartment, as well as the female victim. “It happened in the middle of the day when he was dead sober,” Jackson said. “This is a matter of rage that is extremely concerning.”

The victim addressed the court, asking for leniency. “Anything longer than a year is too long,” she said. “I’ve had the weight of the world on my shoulders, and I want it to stop.” The victim, who has a child with Horsley, said she requested a lighter sentence for the sake of their child.

“The defendant has a lot of family support,” said his attorney, Chad Derouin, who noted that several family members were in attendance for the hearing. “We ask that he have the opportunity to live his life and be a father,” Derouin said.

Horsley has been diagnosed with “intermittent explosive disorder,” the defense attorney said. “The defendant is not a monster. He is ashamed, he’s remorseful. We ask that you be as lenient as possible.”

Sniegowski noted that Horsley has made positive changes in his life, but pointed out that he could be in much worse trouble based on his rage.

Horsley received two terms of 24 months to 45 years in prison and one term of one year in jail. They all run concurrently. He was given credit for 176 days served in jail.

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