ESCANABA - A 23-year-old Escanaba man was sentenced to up to 30 years in prison Tuesday in connection with a break-in and theft of medical marijuana plants from an Escanaba home last year. The judgment was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court.
Andrew John Romashko, of 226 N. 15th St., upper apartment, Escanaba, was arrested last year after he broke into the basement of a residence on North 11th Street and stole marijuana plants that were locked up. The break-in occurred Nov. 7, while residents were in their home.
Following a two-day trial in May, a jury found Romashko guilty of first-degree home invasion, which carries a maximum sentencing of 20 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Due to a prior felony conviction, Circuit Court Judge Stephen Davis sentenced Romashko as a second-offense habitual offender, upping the defendant's maximum sentencing. Romashko was ordered to spend a minimum of four years and three months to up to 30 years in prison.
He was given credit for 179 days already served in the county jail. He was also ordered to pay $198 in fines and costs.
Prior to sentencing, Assistant Prosecutor Philip Strom commented, that "looking at the big picture," this case is an example of a violation of a person's home, as well as their privacy.
Defense Attorney John MA Bergman requested the court grant a lesser sentence than anticipated.
Romashko declined to make any statement when the judge offered him the opportunity.