Man sentenced for breaking into Hartland Twp. Target store


Man sentenced for breaking into Hartland Twp. Target store

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A Holt man was sentenced to 90 days in jail Thursday, five months after breaking into a Hartland Township Target store.

On May 2 at about 4 a.m. deputies responded to the Target store for a report of a breaking and entering in progress. 

They stopped Mark Pierce II in his vehicle in the area and recovered stolen electronics.

Pierce threw a brick through one of the glass doors and stole baby items and Apple products from the store, according to court records. 

Pierce, 25, was charged with one count of breaking and entering a building with intent to commit larceny on May 6. 

In August, Pierce pleaded guilty in exchange for a plea agreement that prosecutors wouldn’t recommend prison time. 

“He is a first-time offender and I think he will be a last-time offender,” Thomas Piotrowski, Pierce’s attorney, said during Thursday’s sentencing hearing. 

“During these crimes, I was in a bad place mentally. I’m sorry once again, I am very remorseful,” Pierce said. 

Livingston County Probate Judge Miriam Cavanaugh sentenced Pierce to 90 days in jail and three years probation. 

“There are consequences for all your actions,” Cavanaugh said. “Accountability is everything here. Holding Mr. Pierce accountable for his choices is important in order to deter him and others from ever coming back to the court again.”

Pierce was also ordered to pay $375 in restitution by Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Kelly after pleading guilty to attempted breaking and entering at the Fenton Target store.

He faces additional breaking and entering charges in Wayne County in connection with separate incidents. 

Pierce had faced up to 10 years in prison. 

Contact Kayla Daugherty at 517-552-2848 or kdaugherty@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @KayDaugherty92.

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