Manistee man sentencing to probation for home invasion

MANISTEE — A Manistee man was sentenced to probation for a home invasion committed last year.

On Monday in the Manistee County 19th Circuit Court, Lawrence Nickelsen, 20, was sentenced to 36 months of probation under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, according to his court-appointed attorney, Jane Johnson.

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Nickelsen and Lucien John, 21, of Manistee, were arrested on Sept. 5 after a home invasion on the 700 block of Ramsdell Street in Manistee.

He was charged with one count of aiding and abetting an armed robbery and one count of first degree home invasion, both of which are felonies.

The act allows a judge to place a person between 17 and 20 years old, who is alleged to have committed a crime and who has pleaded guilty to that crime, to be placed in prison or on probation without a conviction to avoid a criminal record.

If Nickelsen successfully completes the program, he will have no criminal record. Under the act, imprisonment or probation cannot exceed three years.

The men allegedly stole cell phones and prescription medication from the home, using force against one of the occupants, according to court records. John possessed a pistol during the course of the robbery.

A plea agreement was reached in June in the circuit court.

The agreement dismissed the felony charges, as well as a charge in Manistee County’s 85th District Court for a probation violation. A new charge will be added — larceny in a building, which is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

At the June hearing, Nickelsen pleaded no contest to the third count.

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