Jones sentenced to maximum 20 years for home invasion

Damian Jones
Damian Jones

REED CITY  — Despite asking for a shorter sentence, a Reed City man has been sentenced to a maximum of 20 years for a February armed robbery in Osceola County.

Damian Lee Jones, 22, of Reed City, is sentenced to 28 months to 20 years in jail, with 251 days credit for time already served.

Last month, Jones pleaded guilty to first-degree home invasion. In exchange for his plea, one count of armed robbery and one count of felony firearm were dismissed.

Jones, along with Michael Paul Williams, 17, and John Jay Williams, 20, all of Reed City, were charged in March with armed robbery, first-degree home invasion and felony firearm possession for their involvement with an armed robbery at a residence in Osceola County.

On Feb. 23, Michigan State Police troopers from the Mount Pleasant post were called to the scene of an assault at a house in Osceola County’s Highland Township. The victim told police that three masked men forcefully entered his home armed with a long gun, assaulted him and fled with his property.

The victim was transported to Mercy Hospital in Cadillac, where he received treatment for his injuries.

Part of Jones' sentence is that he and his co-defendants must pay restitution of $16,445 to Cadillac Mercy Hospital, Grand Traverse Radiology, Osceola County EMS and Cadillac Surgical Care.

In asking for a sentence of one year in jail, Jones' attorney, Kimberly Booher, stated her client did not go into the residence and as a result did not know the particular events that went on inside.

"His request is that you deviate from the guidelines based on the fact that he did not go near the residence," she said.

Before Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy sentenced him, Jones apologized to the court.

"I know what I did was wrong," Jones said. "In committing the crime, I did not know until after the fact that the victim was home at the time. I feel very, very bad for what's happened to him and take full responsibility. I never meant for anything like that to happen."

Hill-Kennedy decided to stay within the sentencing guidelines because, despite Jones stating he did not know the assault inside the home would happen, it was a potential natural outcome with this type of situation, he said.

"Even though Mr. Jones wasn't in the house, he was a key actor in making this criminal activity happen and getting it done, which led to serious injuries," Hill-Kennedy said.

In June, Michael Paul Williams was sentenced to five and a half to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of armed robbery.

In July, John Jay Williams, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and was sentenced to a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 15 years in prison.