ESCANABA - An Escanaba man was sentenced Thursday to up to 20 years in prison for stealing from a Ford River Township residence while the homeowners were sleeping in their bed last summer.
Jacob Michael Calouette, 29, was ordered to spend a minimum of four years and two months in prison to up to 20 years behind bars during his sentencing in Delta County Circuit Court.
Last month, Calouette pleaded guilty to first-degree home invasion, a 20-year felony. He admitted he entered a home on 11.5 Road with the intention to steal something on Aug. 11. He ran from the residence after the homeowner caught him in the act and fired two gunshots.
Prior to being sentenced Thursday, Judge Stephen Davis told Calouette, "You're lucky to be alive."
The victim testified in court in August that around 4:45 a.m., he heard noises in his home and went downstairs to investigate. He said he heard the suspect going into his wife's purse, found the man by the doorway, and pointed a loaded gun at him. When the suspect ran, the homeowner fired two shots.
Calouette took off running into the woods. He was later apprehended by officers after he attempted to elude a sheriff's deputy who had been dispatched to the scene.
Because of the defendant's actions and his drug abuse history, Judge Davis told Calouette he cannot be tolerated in the community anymore. He was sentenced to prison and given credit for 137 days served in the county jail. He was also ordered to pay $198 in fines and costs.
Calouette is to have no contact with the victims.
Prior to sentencing, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Philip Strom told the court that the victims' lives have been changed due to this incident in their home.
Defense Attorney Frank Stupak told the judge that his client regrets his actions and can turn his life around.
Calouette declined to make a statement to the court when offered the opportunity.
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