Teens enter pleas in theft, break-in cases

ESCANABA — Three Delta County teens, being prosecuted as adults, recently entered pleas in separate but related court cases and have sentencing dates scheduled in Delta County Circuit Court.

A 16-year-old Gladstone teen recently pleaded guilty in circuit court to stealing a bicycle from Mr. Bike, Ski and Fitness in Escanaba this fall. Dalton James Peterson will be sentenced Dec. 18 on one count of larceny in a building, a four-year felony.

The charge stems from a Sept. 1 incident when Peterson said he used a rock to break a window in the alley and entered the business without permission. He admitted to stealing a bike around 3:30 a.m.

In exchange for Peterson’s guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss one count of breaking and entering a building with intent, a 10-year felony, and also recommended he be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Training Act (HYTA).

As a youthful trainee, a defendant who pleads guilty to a crime committed between his or her 17th and 24th birthdays may be placed on probation or sentenced to jail or prison; upon successful completion of all sentencing terms, the court will dismiss the charge.

A co-defendant in the case, Nicholas James Deacon, 17, of Escanaba, also entered a plea in circuit court last week. He pleaded guilty to one count of larceny in a building and will also be sentenced on Dec. 18.

In exchange for Deacon’s guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss one count of breaking and entering a building with intent and recommended he be sentenced under HYTA. The prosecution also agreed to dismiss one count of second-degree home invasion stemming from a separate incident.

Deacon was arrested on the 15-year home invasion felony for allegedly breaking into a residence on the 400 block of South 10th Street at around 3:15 a.m. on July 25 with co-defendant Brady James Mason, 17, of Escanaba.

Mason was charged with one count of second-degree home invasion. On Monday, he pleaded guilty to third-degree home invasion, a five-year felony. He is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Jan. 8, 2018.

In exchange for Mason’s guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the second-degree home invasion charge and recommended he be sentenced under HYTA.

Mason, Deacon and Peterson all remain lodged in the Delta County Jail.

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