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Jail term ordered for thefts

October 5, 2012
By Jenny Lancour , Daily Press

ESCANABA - A case involving break-ins at an Escanaba Township home this summer came to a conclusion Thursday as the third and final defendant was sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court.

Joseph Jonathan Kossow, 20, of Gladstone, was one of three individuals arrested in connection with break-ins at a residence on J Road in June.

During his plea hearing in August, 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.

He admitted in court at the plea hearing that he helped lift an engine block from a shed to a vehicle in one incident and he admitted being the lookout man when the home was broken into and guns were stolen.

During Thursday's sentencing, Kossow was ordered to 113 days in jail on one count of attempted accessory after the fact. He was given credit for 113 days already served in jail. He was also ordered to pay $68 in court costs.

Prior to being sentenced on the attempted accessory charge, Kossow appeared in court and was sentenced on the breaking and entering charge. The court was closed to the public because he was sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.

Under HYTA, eligible defendants - who committed a crime between their 17th and 21st birthdays - are given the opportunity to have a charge cleared from their record if they successfully complete probation.

The other two defendants sentenced in the break-ins are Ashley Marie Munroe, 22, of Escanaba, and Daniel Robert Derouin, 19, of Gladstone.

Munroe was sentenced Monday to three years to up to 15 years in prison on one count of second-degree home invasion. She was also sentenced to 110 days in jail on two other charges: attempted receiving and concealing stolen weapons; and attempted larceny in a building. She was given credit for 110 days already served in the county jail.

Derouin was sentenced Aug. 23 to seven months in jail on one count of attempted second-degree home invasion.

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



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