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Case dismissed after witness no-show

A Michigan man who had been accused of robbery has been released from custody after a key witness failed to appear at his trial. The 21-year-old man was released in mid-September. The dismissal does come with a caveat, however. The defendant was released without prejudice, which means that new charges could be filed in the case if prosecutors so desire. It is still unclear why the witness failed to appear at the courtroom proceeding.

Authorities report two men were charged in connection with the June robbery, which occurred at an apartment complex in Wayne County. Two men entered the apartment with their faces partially concealed, according to the victims in the case. One of the apartment's occupants reportedly got into a struggle with one of the intruders. The defendants reportedly made off with a minimal amount of property from the home.

The defendant in this case could have faced a life prison sentence if he had been convicted of the charges, which include both armed robbery and unarmed robbery. He had previously faced additional counts of home invasion and larceny in connection with the case, but those charges were dropped during an earlier hearing. The man's co-defendant, a 19-year-old man also from Detroit, was also exonerated from those lesser charges.

Luckily, the younger man was able to receive only probation in exchange for pleading guilty to a single count of unarmed robbery. He is eligible for provisions included in the Youthful Trainee Act, which will allow the younger man to be rehabilitated without a permanent mark on his record, provided that he complies with certain rules.

In this case, the younger defendant was able to receive a more lenient sentence thanks to special circumstance surrounding the invasion. It is not yet clear, however, whether the older man will be so fortunate. As in all criminal cases, a qualified defense attorney is needed to advise defendants about their rights and responsibilities. These attorneys can help maximize the outcome of any criminal case.

Source: www.hometownlife.com, "Canton robbery case dismissed after witness no-show" Darrell Clem, Sep. 25, 2013

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