Evart teen charged with home invasion

Hunter Battle
Hunter Battle

REED CITY  — An Evart teenager faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison after allegedly breaking into a home and stealing a gun last week.

Hunter Thomas Battle, 19, of Evart, was arraigned Monday in Osceola County's 77th District Court on four felonies stemming from an Evart Township home invasion.

Battle is charged with first-degree home invasion, receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, larceny of a firearm and felony firearm.

A felony firearm charge indicates the defendant had a firearm in his possession while committing or attempting to commit a felony. If convicted of the charge, two years must be served consecutively and preceding any term of imprisonment for the felony charge.

According to a release from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, the suspect entered an occupied residence on Jan. 21, in Evart Township and stole a long gun. Through investigation, the rifle was recovered at a local re-sale shop, leading to the identification of Battle and his arrest.

First-degree home invasion carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Bond for Battle is set at $75,000. A preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, in Osceola County's 77th District Court.