Young mom sentenced in B&EPublished 9:11pm Monday, September 10, 2012
A young mother who took her infant son to a Bertrand Township breaking and entering, then abandoned him while scrambling to get away, was sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court.
Nicole Anne Blann, 19, of Niles, received 90 days in jail with credit for two days as part of a three-year probationary sentence as well as a rebuke by Judge Dennis Wiley.
As part of a plea agreement, Blann, who insisted to police she acted as a lookout, offered a guilty plea to third-degree home invasion, a five-year felony, and no contest to fourth-degree child abuse while co-defendant Tyler Jayson Fletcher of Niles was sentenced for second-degree home invasion, a 15-year felony.
Entry was gained by breaking a rear window. When authorities responded to the break-in, property left in the front yard by a tree included a flat-screen television and a duffel bag full of property while defendants fled on foot through a corn field and swam a pond trying to flee police.
Blann asked the court to withdraw her plea so she wouldn’t lose her job of three weeks and so she could hire a different attorney. Wiley denied the request, saying she already got a “pretty darn good deal” with the reduction from 15 to five years.
Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Travis said Blann “doesn’t get it yet” and was not being honest with herself or the court, as she was high on methamphetamine when she left her child in a vehicle with a third person as she ran.
Wiley ordered a man who uttered a profanity while Travis was talking to be arrested and removed for contempt of court, punishable by 90 days in jail.
Wiley said Blann was just as guilty as Fletcher and it was “disgusting” to place an unborn child in danger with drugs. The judge said she needs to grow up and take responsibility and shouldn’t be allowed to have children until she does.
“You’re all about you, selfish and self-involved and whining; it’s everyone else’s fault,” the judge said. “(Fletcher) took his medicine. You want to take drugs.”
Wiley, who imposed 210 days in jail and ordered him to pay $2,488, including a $750 fine, told Fletcher people whose behavior is driven by drugs are dangerous. “You may end up getting yourself killed.”
The judge added that he was astounded by the prevalence of drugs in the country.
“We have a society that is on a fast track to hell,” he said, pointing to citizens who are not only not productive, but destructive, breaking into homes and ransacking valuables.