Grain ‘n’ Grape robbery case: Woman gets jail time for crime

ESCANABA – An Escanaba woman was sentenced Monday to a year in jail for her role in a conspiracy to steal money from a convenience store in Wells Township last summer.

Abby Beth Johnson, 21, appeared for sentencing in Delta County Circuit Court Monday when Judge Stephen Davis ruled on four separate counts related to an alleged armed robbery at The Grain ‘N’ Grape last summer and a larceny from a Ford River Township residence last spring.

Johnson, along with co-defendants Cory Michael Vanderlinden, 26, of Gladstone, and Annaelise Marie Ambrose, 22, of Escanaba, were arrested earlier this year following an intensive investigation into an Aug. 3, 2012, incident reported at the convenience store.

Ambrose, the store clerk, claimed she was robbed at gunpoint by a masked man who demanded money and then fled the business, located at 6998 U.S.2/41 & M-35.

The three were arrested on Feb. 7 after the Delta County Sheriff Department received a tip on the above incident and other crimes through the Crimestoppers website.

During Johnson’s sentencing on Monday, she was ordered to spend a year in jail on one count of conspiracy to commit larceny in a building. She will be placed on probation for two years.

Johnson was also ordered to the following: 88 days in jail on one count of attempted larceny in a building; 11 months in jail and two years probation on one count of larceny $1,000-$20,000; and 88 days in jail on one count of larceny $200-$1,000.

The above four sentences are to be served concurrently. Johnson was given credit for 88 days served in jail. Total fines and costs are $1,854. Restitution will be determined.

Ambrose was recently bound over to circuit court where she may plead or go to trial. She is charged with larceny in a building, aid & abet; conspiracy to commit larceny in a building; and lying to a police officer during investigation of a violent crime. Each charge carries a maximum punishment of four years in prison.

Following her arrest, Ambrose posted $5,000, or 10 percent of a $50,000 cash bond, and was released from police custody.

Vanderlinden remains lodged in jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond. He is scheduled for a plea in circuit court on Monday. He is charged with one count of accessory after the fact to a felony. The charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.