Teen home invaders plead guilty


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 12:20 pm on Friday, December 09, 2011

Travis Coy

Chase Plath

STANTON — Two young men pleaded guilty Thursday to breaking into an occupied house while the residents were sleeping last summer.
Chase Plath, 18, and Travis Coy, 17, both of Sheridan, originally faced a charge of first-degree home invasion, a felony with a maximum sentence of life in prison.
They both pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree home invasion and will likely be sentenced to four months in jail and be placed on probation as part of the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.
The Holmes act allows a judge to place a youth between the ages of 17 and 20 in prison or on probation without a conviction to avoid a criminal record if the youth successfully completes the program.
Coy and Plath will be allowed to serve their jail sentence during school breaks beginning with Christmas vacation later this month.
The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post responded to a home invasion during the early morning hours of June 25 on Mallard Drive in Bushnell Township.
Coy and Plath entered the home by removing a screen from a bedroom window. They stole a PlayStation 3 video game system and games while the residents were sleeping.
Troopers eventually identified Coy and Plath as suspects and recovered the stolen property. The Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office issued arrest warrants on Sept. 29.
The youths were arraigned on Oct. 6.

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