Woman pleads guilty to home invasion charge


ESCANABA — A 44-year-old Escanaba woman who was arrested for stealing from an Escanaba residence in August, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in Delta County Circuit Court last week.

Jennifer Lynn McGlothen pleaded guilty to third-degree home invasion as a second-offense habitual offender during her plea hearing Tuesday. She faces a maximum punishment of seven and a half years in prison at her sentencing in circuit court on Nov. 20.

McGlothen admitted to entering a downstairs apartment without permission on the 300 block of North 11th Street in Escanaba and stealing beer from the residence on Aug. 10.

Following her arrest, McGlothen posted a $500 personal recognizance bond and was released from police custody. She was ordered to have no illegal drugs or alcohol and not to enter bars. She must undergo random drug testing.

In exchange for her guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss a second-degree home invasion charge and lowered a habitual offense charge from third to second offense. McGlothen also agreed to give a sworn statement in regards to a co-defendant she was ordered to have no contact with.

The co-defendant, Brandon Joseph Townsend, 24, of Escanaba, is scheduled for a pretrial conference hearing in circuit court on Oct. 30.

Townsend is charged with one count of second-degree home invasion which carries a maximum sentencing of 15 years in prison. He remains lodged in jail in lieu of 10 percent of a $75,000 bond. He was ordered to have no contact with McGlothen.

According to Escanaba Public Safety, McGlothen and Townsend were arrested in connection with the larceny of a 50-inch television, fireworks, and beer from the residence.