Man sentenced for attempted robbery

James Marquand, 20, was sentenced on Thursday to one year in jail with 310 days credit. He also was placed on probation for 40 months.

MANISTEE — A Stanwood man will spend less than two months in jail for attempting to rob a Manistee-area restaurant in 2012.

James Marquand, 20, was sentenced on Thursday in Manistee County’s 19th Circuit Court to one year in jail with 310 days credit. He also was placed on probation for 40 months.

He pleaded guilty to attempted assault with intent to rob while armed on July 15 after attempting to rob a female employee of the Bungalow Inn on Oct. 5, 2012.

“He had formerly worked at the restaurant and knew the routine of when the proprietress would leave with the money,” said Judge James Batzer during the sentencing. “He thought he hadn’t had the proper pay so he was engaging in some kind of self-help. Of course, this kind of self-help is a serious criminal offense.”

The robbery attempt was unsuccessful, and Marquand did not make off with any money. During the incident, he sprayed the employee with pepper spray.

Marquand was arrested on Oct. 24, 2012, in Mecosta County.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said. “I apologize to the victim and to my family and to the courts. I made a thoughtless decision. This is not who I want to be, and I would like a chance to right my path.”

Charges of assault with intent to rob while armed and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder were dropped as a part of a plea bargain. Marquand originally faced up to life in prison.

During the sentencing, Batzer read a statement from the Bungalow employee who vouched that Marquand was a good employee and could have seriously hurt her if he wanted to. The victim did not ask for Marquand to go to prison.

“I suppose out of what is a serious crime, there is some good in this defendant,” Batzer said.

Marquand was ordered to pay more than $1,200 in fines and costs and ordered to complete 80 hours of community service.

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