ESCANABA - A Green Bay man found guilty of robbing two Subway restaurants in Escanaba was ordered Tuesday to spend up to 30 years in prison for the 2012 break-ins.
Last May, Delta County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Davis convicted Brook Evan Grzelak, 52, on two counts of safe-breaking, two counts of breaking and entering a building with intent, and one count of being in possession of burglary tools.
Davis ruled during the bench trial that he found the defendant guilty on all five counts "beyond a reasonable doubt."
Grzelak entered both Subways and broke into the safes on Dec. 12, 2012. That same night, an Escanaba Public Safety officer ran the license plate of a suspicious vehicle that later connected Grzelak to the two break-ins.
Grzelak was later arrested on a probation violation in Green Bay where police found in his vehicle the clothing, burglary tools, and checks that linked him to the Escanaba crimes.
Prior to being sentenced on Tuesday, Grzelak - who represented himself throughout the legal process - told Judge Davis the court has been "a total joke" and his case was "totally illegal."
"It's illegal from start to finish," Grzelak said. "Whatever you want to do today, do it. I don't give a damn."
Davis ordered Grzelak to spend a minimum of nine and a half years to up to 30 years in prison on each of the safe breaking counts.
Davis ruled Grzelak spend a minimum of six years and four months to up to 30 years in prison on each of the breaking and entering convictions.
The defendant was ordered to spend four to 15 years in prison on the burglary tools charge. All five sentences are to be served concurrently and were based on Grzelak being a fourth-offense habitual offender.
Davis also ruled Grzelak pay $402 in fines and costs and $3,096 restitution. His attorney fees were waived.
Grzelak was given credit for 539 days he already served in the county jail where he has been held in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.
Prior to Tuesday's judgment, Delta County Prosecutor Steve Parks described Grzelak as "a career criminal thief" and "lone wolf" who is "narcissist and shows no remorse" for his actions. Parks told the court the defendant cannot be rehabilitated. He said Grzelak was a menace to society and "should be put away for a long, long time."
Grzelak had filed a motion to be released on Tuesday pending his appeal on the court ruling. Davis denied the request Tuesday.
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