MANISTEE COUNTY — One of the people involved in an attempted ATM theft in Wellston in April was sentenced this week.
Connor Marshall, 19, of Dansville, was sentenced by Judge David Thompson in 19th Circuit Court and appeared in person on Monday.
In December, Marshall pleaded guilty to one count of a felony charge of breaking and entering a building with intent to commit larceny therein, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Through his plea, the court dismissed the more severe charge of safe breaking, which is a felony punishable by life or any term of years.
On Monday, Marshall was sentenced to 120 days in the Manistee County Jail, with credit for 78 days served. After release from the jail, he is ordered to have a minimum of 90 days electronic monitoring.
Marshall’s sentencing included being granted what is known as Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) status. This applies to some cases where a person between ages of 17 and 24 facing criminal offenses can be relieved of a public criminal record if they follow court orders.
Thompson noted that while he was granting Marshall the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act status, that could be revoked in the future if he did not follow the rules of the sentencing for three years.
If that status were to be revoked, Marshall would face time in prison, Thompson said.
“The concern I have, frankly, is your decision making and your statements in court today,” Thompson said to Marshall on Monday. “I have strongly considered whether or not you should benefit from the HYTA Act.”
According to previous reports from the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to the Osceola State Bank in Norman Township where an ATM machine had been removed from the lobby of the bank and the machine was left heavily damaged on the front sidewalk on April 19, 2020.
The office said there were three suspects who were unable to gain entry to the ATM and that no money was taken.
The suspects fled the scene and traveled east on M-55 in a blue Ford F-150.
As a condition of Holmes Youthful Trainee status, Marshall is ordered to pay a fine of $500, $750 in court costs, $130 crime victims assessment, $68 in state costs as well as restitution of $12,452.88 to the Lake-Osceola State Bank.
Marshall was also ordered to be subjected to random drug and alcohol testing, complete a cognitive thinking program and complete high school or the equivalent through a high school diploma or General Education Development certificate.
Jane Johnson, Marshall’s attorney, spoke on his behalf prior to sentencing.
She emphasized that Marshall had no other criminal history before “engaging in what can only be described as a very, very serious crime spree which lasted a couple of months.”
“He understands that he had the ability to make the decision not to participate in these activities and he did in fact participate in these activities,” Johnson explained in part of her statement to the court. “To his credit, once they were found out, he immediately admitted what he had done and gave details to law enforcement so that they could continue to investigate this string of, again, very serious crimes.”
Johnson said Marshall has been lodged in jail since May.
“The one thing he is certain of, is that is not where he wants to spend his time. He does not want the lifestyle of the individuals that he’s met in jail,” Johnson said in part adding that Marshall had stated that this isn’t what he wants to do with his life.
Johnson and Thompson referenced that Marshall had charges in other counties with him being ordered to be on an electronic tether by Livingston County.
Marshall also has charges or had been sentenced in Jackson, Lake and Livingston counties.
Thompson stated that Marshall was sentenced in Livingston County on safe breaking, possession of burglary tools and breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny therein.
Thompson said Marshall was sentenced in Lake County for breaking and entering a building with intent to commit larceny therein. Marshall’s Jackson County sentencing was pending as of Monday.
“Principally, (it was) here in Manistee County that you were (an) accomplice, your crime (in the) eastern part of the county at Osceola State Bank where you and others attempted to steal the ATM machine by force,” Thompson said. “Ultimately, no money was recovered but the ATM machine was significantly damaged.”
Thompson acknowledged that Marshall did give information “to law enforcement that led to these crimes being solved” and that he also expressed remorse and showed he has goals for his future.
Thompson emphasized that he wanted Marshall to complete his education and get started as soon as possible.
“Among all the other conditions, that’s critical if you’re going to have a future beyond jail cells or prison cells,” Thompson said.
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