IM man sentenced for break-in attempt
IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man will spend seven months in jail and two years on probation for attempting to break into a shed containing marijuana outside a friend’s home in Breitung Township in January.
Frederick Paul Descamps II, 30, was sentenced Tuesday in Dickinson County Circuit Court on felony breaking and entering a building with intent.
His co-defendant, 26-year-old Nichole Marie Stookey of Iron Mountain, also had been scheduled for sentencing Tuesday on felony attempted breaking and entering a building with intent, but the hearing was postponed to April 3. Judge Mary Barglind said she would go along with the plea agreement recommendation for a delayed sentence only if Stookey served two months in jail before sentencing.
One of the victims told the court she was recovering from medical issues and had her two small children with her Jan. 9 when she saw two masked people outside her residence. She thought her life was in danger and continues to have panic attacks.
Descamps was a family friend who she had helped out on occasion, she added. Even though Descamps and Stookey didn’t actually get into the shed, she said they stole her “sense of security.”
Descamps previously admitted in court he wanted to get inside the shed to steal materials for growing marijuana. He got through the outer door but was unable to get past the inner door, he said. Police stopped the pair as they were driving away, Descamps said.
Descamps apologized in court to the victims, saying he didn’t know they were living there at the time, and that he had recently been prescribed medication he wasn’t used to.
Stookey was involved more as a lookout, Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards told the court.
If Descamps had a lengthier criminal record, he likely would have gone to prison, the prosecutor added. This case was his first felony conviction, defense attorney Daniel Jaspen said.
Barglind gave Descamps credit for 55 days already served and ordered that he complete mental health and substance abuse treatment.
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