Defendant testifies that he broke into house to steal marijuana.

September 12, 2017

Daniel Horowski

Defendant testifies that he broke into house to steal marijuana.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 33-year-old Hamlin Township man faces serving one year in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday, Sept. 12, in 51st Circuit Court to breaking and entering a building with intent to commit larceny and third-offense habitual offender.

Daniel John Horowski, of 3028 Piney Ridge Rd., was arrested last February by the Michigan State Police on felony charges of first-degree home invasion and fourth-offense habitual offender. Those charges were dismissed when he pleaded guilty to the added two counts.

Horowski was facing a 20-year felony with the home invasion charge, and his habitual offender status elevated the maximum possible sentence to life in prison.

The breaking and entering conviction is punishable by up to 10 years.

Horowski’s sentence will include a probation term, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. He will also be ordered to pay $10,659.50 in restitution.

Horowski testified Tuesday that he broke into a house in 2015 in Custer Township.

“Did you go through the house looking for marijuana?” Spaniola asked. “Yes,” Horowski answered.

“I was with two other guys to get marijuana,” he said. “I was planning to get pot at that place.”

“They convinced me that everything was cool,” he added.

The restitution will pay for extensive water damage in the basement of the house caused by flooding, Spaniola said. A well tank was tipped over when the house was being ransacked during the search for marijuana.

Horowski testified that no marijuana was obtained during the break-in.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 31 at 1:45 p.m.

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