Teen sentenced to probation for attempted assault, other chargesPublished 8:25am Tuesday, April 20, 2010
By JESSICA SIEFF
Niles Daily Star
Cameron Skinner was given the benefit of Judge Scott Schofield’s generosity in Berrien County Court Monday.
The 19-year-old Battle Creek man pleaded guilty to charges of attempted assault with intent to commit unarmed robbery, unlawful imprisonment and two charges of probation violation.
Following his plea, Skinner told the court, “I wasn’t really ready to straighten out anything” during his last appearance in court about a year ago. Adding that he had been “heavy into drugs,” Skinner said, “I’m here to do what’s right for today and for the future instead of trying to do what’s wrong.”
Skinner had also failed to appear in court following his previous arrest.
Schofield told the 19-year-old, “I hope you learned that bad things don’t go away if you ignore them. You’re a little bit too old to be scared.
“I’m going to do something I rarely do,” Schofield said. “I’m going to give you another chance.”
Skinner was sentenced to 42 months probation and ordered to report to the adult offender program of KPEP in Kalamazoo.
“You’re starting all over again,” Schofield said.