Man pleads guilty in home invasion

ESCANABA – An Escanaba man pleaded guilty to first-degree home invasion, a 20-year felony, during a hearing in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Jacob Michael Calouette, 28, admitted to entering an occupied home in Ford River Township with the intention to steal something on Aug. 11.

He ran from the home on 11.5 Road while the homeowner fired two gunshots.

“He said, ‘Don’t move.’ and I said, ‘Don’t shoot,'” stated Calouette as he explained to the court what happened after he walked into the home without permission. He took off running into the woods and was later arrested by police, he said.

During Calouette’s preliminary hearing in district court in August, the victim testified that around 4:45 a.m. on Aug. 11 he heard noises in his home and went downstairs to investigate. He said he heard the suspect going into his wife’s purse. The victim testified he found the man by the doorway and pointed a loaded gun at him.

In exchange for Calouette’s guilty plea Tuesday, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the habitual offender notice against him. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 26.

Calouette remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $20,000 cash bond.