Couple sent to prison for multiple home invasions

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:54 am on Friday, September 28, 2012

Christopher McKim

Tabitha Turner

STANTON — A local couple was sentenced to prison time after pleading guilty to multiple home invasions in several counties.

Christopher McKim, 26, of Carson City, and Tabitha Turner, 23, of St. Louis, were sentenced on Thursday, Sept. 20, in 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Stanton.

They were each charged with second-degree home invasion and larceny and they both pleaded guilty to the home invasion charge.

McKim and Turner broke into a Ferris Township home on Aug. 29 and stole almost $200. Turner knew the homeowner and is related to the victim’s grandchildren.

The couple had committed other breaking and entering crimes in several counties to support their drug habit.

Before their sentencing in Montcalm County, they were already serving prison time for additional home invasion and criminal enterprise convictions.

McKim was sentenced to from four years to 15 years in prison for the Ferris Township crime. He was recently found guilty of possessing contraband while in prison.

“You certainly have made a choice to be a negative force,” observed Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger.

Turner received a slightly higher sentence than her co-defendant — four and a half years to 15 years in prison — based on her criminal record, which is more prolific than McKim’s criminal record.

Turner developed a drug problem after a troubled childhood.

“It all started when she was 12 years old and it sounds like the social safety net failed, she just fell right through,” said Turner’s attorney, James Mullendore Jr. of Greenville. “She realizes this is her last chance.”

“Certainly the childhood that you had is not anything I would wish on any child,” Kreeger agreed.

“I accept full responsibility for what I’ve done,” Turner somberly told the judge before she received her sentence. “I hope I have the opportunity to pull myself together before it’s too late.”

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