Man faces jail for canoe livery break-in.
By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.
LUDINGTON — A 20-year-old Scottville man faces serving four months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term after pleading guilty in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Jan. 8, to a felony of breaking and entering a building with intent.
Garth Allen Lemere, Jr., of 203 S. Crowley St., testified that he and other suspects broke into the River Run Canoe Livery, at 609 S. Main St., in Scottville last July.
“We had someone go through the back window, and he unlocked the front door,” Lemere said. “We stole cash out of the register.”
Carrie Ann Carr, 38, of 116 E. Second St., Scottville, is a co-defendant in the case. Carr is scheduled to appear in court next month. A third suspect was 14 years old at the time of the incident, and his case was referred to juvenile court.
Over $600 in cash and a credit card were stolen, according to the Scottville Police Department. The building was occupied at the time by an employee who was sleeping in a separate room. Lemere was a former employee of the business, according to SPD.
In exchange for his plea to the breaking and entering charge, one felony count of larceny in a building was dismissed.
Breaking and entering a building is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Lemere’s attorney Becky Lederer is requesting that her client be sentenced under the terms of the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. HYTA allows defendants under the age of 24 with no adult criminal record to withdraw their plea to a felony and plead to a misdemeanor if they abide by the terms of probation. HYTA cases are non-public.
Sentencing is set for March 5 at 1:30 p.m.
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