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Three plea to felonies for items stolen from home

August 23, 2012
By Jenny Lancour - staff writer ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - Three Delta County residents recently pleaded guilty to felonies related to the theft of items from an Escanaba Township residence earlier this summer.

Joseph Jonathan Kossow, 20, of Gladstone, pleaded to two felonies in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Earlier this month, co-defendants Ashley Marie Munroe, 22, of Escanaba, and Daniel Robert Derouin, 19, of Gladstone, also made pleas in circuit court.

Kossow pleaded guilty to breaking and entering without breaking with intent, a five-year felony, and pleaded no contest to attempted accessory after the fact, a two-and-a-half-year felony.

The breaking and entering charge relates to the theft of scrap metal from property on J Road in June. Kossow admitted in court he helped lift an engine block from a shed to a vehicle.

The second count relates to the theft of guns from the same property on June 12.

Referring to a police report, Judge Stephen Davis said co-defendant Derouin told officers he himself and Munroe broke into the residence and stole guns which were brought to Kossow's home. Kossow admitted being the lookout man during the break-in.

Weapons taken were a rifle, a shotgun, and a pistol, according to the Delta County Sheriff Department, the investigating agency. The stolen property has been recovered.

In exchange for Kossow's two pleas on Tuesday, the prosecution agreed to dismiss his four original counts: one count of second-degree home invasion, a 15-year felony; and three counts of receiving and stealing stolen firearms, each a 10-year felony.

The prosecution also asked the judge to order Kossow pay joint restitution with the other two defendants who were arrested on the same four original charges.

Last week, Munroe pleaded guilty to second-degree home invasion (a 15-year felony), pleaded guilty to attempted receiving and concealing stolen weapons (a five-year felony), and pleaded guilty to attempted larceny in a building (a two-year misdemeanor). The prosecution did not pursue a third-offense habitual offender charge against her during her plea hearing on Aug. 16.

On Aug. 8, Derouin pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree home invasion (a five-year felony). A habitual offender charge was not pursued by the prosecution.

All three defendants remain lodged in the county jail. Derouin is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Sept. 20. Munroe will be sentenced on Oct. 1 while Kossow's sentencing date is set for Oct. 4 in circuit court.



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