Felonies dropped by court
ESCANABA – An Escanaba man who was originally charged with two 20-year felonies recently pleaded in court to two misdemeanors and one high-court misdemeanor.
William Alcid Blahnik, 31, will be sentenced next month in Delta County Circuit Court on one count of attempted larceny in a building and two counts of illegal entry without owner’s permission, all misdemeanors.
The charges stem from two separate complaints of a person entering occupied homes in Escanaba on March 19, according to Escanaba Public Safety, the investigating agency.
Blahnik was arrested for entering an apartment on the 900 block of Ludington Street at around 7:40 p.m. while a female was home. He also entered a home on the 2500 block of 8th Avenue South at around 11 p.m. the same night while a male resident was watching television.
In both incidents, the victims heard noises in their residences and found the suspect in their kitchens, said police.
Blahnik was originally charged with two counts of home invasion for attempting to commit a larceny in an occupied home, each a 20-year felony. The charges were bound over from district court to circuit court in April.
During a recent hearing in circuit court, the two felonies were dismissed in exchange for three no contest pleas to two counts of illegal entry, each a 90-day misdemeanor, and one count of attempted larceny, a two-year high-court misdemeanor.
Blahnik is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25. He remains lodged in the county jail.