Man gets jail term for assisting in larceny

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man was recently sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court to serve six months in jail for assisting a co-defendant who previously pleaded guilty to committing a larceny in an Escanaba home.

Trenton Jay Fitch, 34, and co-defendant, Kasey Marie Rudden, 32, both of Escanaba, were arrested earlier this year after a residence on 17th Road was entered and a safe and pistol were stolen sometime between May 1-10, 2017, according to the Delta County Sheriff’s Department.

Rudden was charged with second-degree home invasion, a 15-year felony, and possession of burglary tools, a 10-year felony. Following her arrest, she posted bond and was released from police custody.

Rudden later pleaded guilty to one count of lying to a peace officer investigating a four-year felony and pleaded guilty to one count of larceny in a building. She is scheduled to be sentenced on the two four-year felonies on Dec. 11.

Fitch accepted the stolen pistol from Rudden and was charged with receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, a 10-year felony, and being an accessory after the fact to a felony, a five-year felony. Following his arrest, he posted bond and was released from police custody.

Fitch later pleaded guilty to the accessory charge and was sentenced Monday to six months in jai. He was given credit for serving 32 days and was ordered to pay a total of $1,508 in fines and costs and $500 in restitution.

Fitch was placed on probation for 24 months, during which time he cannot have alcohol or illegal drugs.

He must not enter bars and must submit to drug testing. He must work at least 30 hours a week and must be in his home from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“It was stupid of me to accept a stolen firearm,” Fitch told the court prior to being sentenced. “I just want to be a good citizen.”

In exchange for Fitch pleading guilty to being an accessory to a felony, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the receiving and concealing charge.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,