Man pleads guilty to being an accessory

ESCANABA — One defendant who admitted to helping a co-defendant — who pleaded guilty to home invasion last month — will be sentenced for being an accessory after the fact to a felony.

Brandon Joseph Townsend, 24, of Escanaba, pleaded guilty to the five-year accessory charge earlier this week in Delta County Circuit Court.

In exchange for the guilty plea, County Prosecutor Philip Strom agreed to dismiss one count of second-degree home invasion, a five-year felony, and an habitual offender fourth offense notice.

Townsend is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Jan. 8. He remains lodged in jail in lieu of 10 percent of a $75,000 bond. He was ordered to have no contact with co-defendant Jennifer Lynn McGlothen.

According to Escanaba Public Safety, McGlothen and Townsend were arrested for allegedly stealing a 50-inch television, fireworks, and beer from an Escanaba residence on Aug. 10.

In October, McGlothen, 44, admitted she entered a downstairs apartment without permission on the 300 block of North 11th Street and stole beer. She pleaded guilty to third-degree home invasion as a second-offense habitual offender and faces a maximum punishment of seven and a half years in prison.

In exchange for her guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss a second-degree home invasion charge and lowered a habitual offense notice from third to second offense.

McGlothen’s Nov. 20 sentencing date was postponed to Dec. 1.

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 submit to drug testing.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143, jlancour@dailypress.net

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