Last November, we wrote about a home invasion ring involving several men who were accused of breaking into numerous homes in Dexter, Ann Arbor, and other western Washtenaw County residences during the months of July and August. Now, two of those men, 54-year-old Jeffrey Arthur Schuh and 21-year-old Jeffrey Aron Schuh, have been sentenced to prison for their self-described “crime spree.”
The Schuh’s were sentenced on Wednesday May 8 in the Washtenaw County Trial Court according to a news article at AnnArbor.com. Another one of the four men involved in the home invasions, 26-year-old Steven Colwell, was also sentenced. The younger Schuh was given a sentence which included 4 to 15 years in prison and restitution of more than $100,000. The four men share joint responsibility for payment of restitution.
Jeffrey Arthur Schuh, who was not involved in all of the home invasions incidents, was sentenced to 3 to 15 years in prison and payment of restitution in the amount of $45,266. Steven Colwell was sentenced to pay restitution to the victims and their insurance companies as well, and given a reduced sentence of 2 to 15 years in prison for testifying against the three other men involved, and cooperating with police and prosecution. Colwell said that he believed his involvement with drugs led him to do things he would never have done.
In all, nine homes were invaded during the summer months of 2012, with the elder Schuh acting as lookout at three of the residences. Some of the items allegedly stolen include jewelry, cash, electronics, a guitar, and foreign coins.
Michigan home invasion lawyers understand that breaking and entering is taken very seriously in the state, and that individuals who are convicted may face up to 20 years in prison, substantial fines, and restitution depending on whether they are charged with first-, second-, or third-degree home invasion.
Anyone who is accused of breaking and entering must speak with a talented and aggressive Michigan criminal defense attorney right away. It is essential that you take legal action for the best possible chance of avoiding severe criminal penalties.