Two men take plea deals for their roles in November armed robbery

REED CITY — Two Big Rapids men who stole medical marijuana during the armed robbery of an Osceola County home entered guilty pleas Friday for their involvement in the crime.

Kory Lee York, 20, of Big Rapids, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful imprisonment. In exchange for his plea, one count of armed robbery was dismissed.

Cliford Daniel White, 34, of Big Rapids, pleaded guilty to an added count of second-degree home invasion and four other charges were dismissed as part of his plea deal. The four charges dismissed were one count of armed robbery, one count of unlawful imprisonment, one count of possession of a firearm during a crime and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. His habitual fourth offender notice also will be reduced to a second offense.

On Nov. 19, two suspects entered a Reed City house armed with handguns and stole medical marijuana from inside the home.

In a preliminary examination in December, two witnesses identified White and York as the two men who committed the crime. One witness said she saw White’s face because his mask moved revealing his identity to her. Both witnesses said York was easily identified by his voice and posture.

However, while establishing a factual basis for his guilty plea, York testified he was not inside the home and waited outside as a driver during the incident, which he said took about five minutes. York identified another individual who went into the home.

York faces up to 15 years in prison and $20,000 in fines for unlawful imprisonment, but the prosecutor's office recommended a sentence of one year in jail with five years probation, along with 200 hours of community service.

As a habitual offender, White faces up to 22 years and six months in jail. He has a prior home invasion felony conviction from 1998 in Mecosta County. The minimum sentence he could receive based on guidelines is four years in prison.

Two other men, including the one York said went into the home, are expected to be arrested and face charges for their involvement in the robbery. As part of their plea agreements, both York and White agreed to testify truthfully against any co-defendants.

Sentencing for York and White is set for 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, in Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court.