2017-08-24 / Courts

Suttons Bay man faces felonies, turns down plea offer

A 32-year-old Suttons Bay man who is accused of breaking into two homes and a vehicle turned down a plea offer made by Leelanau County prosecutors on Tuesday.

A probable cause hearing was then waived for Ryan T. Brown, of 1501 W. Bayshore Dr., who was video-arraigned earlier this month on two felony charges of third degree home invasion and a misdemeanor charge of breaking and entering a vehicle.

If convicted, Brown will be sentenced as a four-time habitual offender.

Prosecutors had offered a deal to Brown if he pleaded guilty to two of the counts and being a three-time habitual offender.

Brown was bound over for his 13th Circuit Court arraignment, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

He has been held at the Leelanau County Jail on a $100,000 cash/surety bond since his arrest.

According to the felony complaint, Brown broke into two homes in Suttons Bay and Elmwood Township between June 26 and 28 and allegedly took property valued at more than $200 from each home.

He is also charged with breaking into a van in Suttons Bay on June 28 and taking property valued at less than $200.

Brown was arrested after Det. Robert Bailey recovered various stolen items from a backpack given to him by a family member.

The home invasion charges carry a penalty of up to five years in prison and/ or a fine of up to $2,000.

Brown was previously convicted of three felony charges of larceny from a motor vehicle dating back to 2004 in Ithaca.

Return to top