ESCANABA - An Escanaba man was sentenced Tuesday to up to 10 years in prison in connection with a break-in at a Rapid River camp this past spring. A witness' ATV was rammed by the defendant's truck during the incident.
Robert Samuel Westerlund, 23, appeared in Delta County Circuit Court where he was sentenced to 18 months to up to eight years in prison on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, also known as felonious assault.
Westerlund was also sentenced to 18 months to up to 10 years on one count of breaking and entering - entry without breaking with intent.
A habitual offender, third offense, notice was also factored in both sentencings.
The charges stem from an April 15 incident on Y Road in Masonville Township when Westerlund and co-defendant Zackary John Delaney, 22, of Escanaba, broke into a camp.
When a male and female arrived at the property on ATVs, the two suspects fled in their pick-up trucks. In the process, Westerlund rammed one of the ATVs with his truck, forcing the male ATV operator to jump to safety, according to Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post, the investigating agency.
In addition to the two prison sentences to be served concurrently, Westerlund was ordered to pay $666 in fines and costs and restitution to be determined.
Additional restitution will also be determined in a separate larceny case where charges were dismissed in exchange for his pleas in the above break-in.
Delaney was sentenced in August in connection with the camp break-in. He was ordered to spend 113 days in the county jail on one count of attempted larceny in a building. He was given credit for 113 days already served in jail. He was also ordered to pay $598 in fines and costs and $375 joint restitution.
Prior to being sentenced on Tuesday, Westerlund apologized to the judge, the prosecutor, the victims, and his family. He also asked the judge to give him credit for the six months he has served in the Delta County Jail since his arrest on April 15.
Judge Stephen Davis did not grant Westerlund credit for the jail time served here because at the time of his arrest, he was on probation through the state of Wisconsin. As a result, Michigan does not have to honor the jail time served.
Prior to the court judgment, Davis told the defendant the community is glad to see him leave the area even if it is because of his sentencing. Davis added a restitution hearing will be scheduled as soon as possible to compensate other victims.