By Rosemary K. Otzman
On Aug. 6, Jeremy Allen Sneyd, 28, waived his preliminary exam on first-degree home invasion charges and 34th District Court Judge Brian A. Oakley bound him over to circuit court for an Aug. 13 arraignment on the information.
Court-appointed attorney George Chedraue is Sneyd’s defense counsel.
Sneyd is a co-defendant with Robert Norman Stark, 53, and Randy Eli Black, 43, for the break-in of an occupied dwelling on July 15, 2012 in Van Buren Township.
First-degree home invasion is a 20-year felony.
Co-Defendant Stark took a plea deal on July 18, pleading guilty to home invasion second-degree, with the first-degree charge dismissed. He was sent to the Wayne County Jail for 10 months starting Aug. 7 and will be on probation for two years. He was fined $468. He will be part of the Jail Plus Program with aftercare at the Salvation Army.
Co-Defendant Black also took a plea deal on Aug. 1 in which he pled guilty to second-degree home invasion in exchange for the first-degree home invasion charge being dismissed.
Black was referred to the probation department for a pre-sentence report. He is due to be sentenced Aug. 28 by Circuit Court Judge Qiana Denise Lillard.
The Aug. 13 jury trials for Stark and Black were cancelled due to their guilty pleas.
Tricia Lynn Burke
Tricia Lynn Burke, 42, was bound over to circuit court for trial by Judge Oakley after waiving her preliminary exam Aug. 6 on a charge of uttering and publishing.
She was charged with writing a $475 illegal check at the Rawsonville Chase bank branch on June 6, 2007. She had been out of state since then, but recently came back and was arrested.
She is under a bond of $3,000 or 10%.
The 70-year-old male victim was still able to be found, although he had moved a few times since then and the bank employee was still at the bank and could be a witness.
Van Buren Township Police Det./Sgt. Jeff Gueli said it was surprising that they could get everyone together from so long ago to prosecute this case.
Anthony Lockridge was present for his preliminary exam on Aug. 6 to face charges of larceny from a building and unauthorized driving away of a motor vehicle in Van Buren Township on Oct. 20, 2013.
He was brought to Judge Oakley’s courtroom from the Wayne County Jail. He had been unable to post the $10,000 or 10% bond.
It was announced that VBT Det. Mark Buxton has been unable to contact the victim and so she was not in the courtroom for the exam.
Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Shannon Walker said they would be unable to proceed.
Judge Oakley dismissed the case without prejudice, explaining to Lockridge that means the prosecutor’s office could re-file the case in the future.
Judge Oakley noted that Lockridge still had some misdemeanors pending from Sumpter concerning operating while license suspended and a high blood-alcohol test. The judge appointed attorney Jeff Bowdich to represent him.
Darrell Demetrius Brown
Darrell Demetrius Brown, 21, waived his preliminary exam on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and controlled substance – possession of marijuana and was bound over to circuit court for an arraignment on the information on Aug. 20.
Brown had posted his bond of $5,000 or 10%. His retained attorney is TaTaNisha Shondai-Morenike Reed.
The alleged crime happened on July 9 in Van Buren Township. Officers David Champagne and Christopher Herrick handled the case.
Cosmo Cosmic Roof
Cosmo Cosmic Roof, 33, waived his preliminary exam on a July 23 charge of possession of controlled substances (narcotics or cocaine) less than 25 grams in Van Buren Township. Judge Oakley bound him over to circuit court for an arraignment on the information on Aug. 20.
Roof has a court-appointed attorney and is out on $5,000 personal recognizance bond.
On the case are VBT Officer Champagne and Det./Sgt. Gueli.
Ernest Leon Trammell
Ernest Leon Trammell, who is facing charges of driving while license suspended – 2nd, asked for a bench trial and was thinking of representing himself. His bench trial was set for 11 a.m., Aug. 27 before Judge Oakley.
On the case is Belleville Police Officer Jeffrey Wickham.
Brandon Lamar Webb
Six felony charges against Brandon Lamar Webb, 30, were dismissed by Judge Oakley after the Michigan State Troopers needed to testify in the case were not present on Aug. 6. This was the second court session the troopers were not present and the defendant was, so Judge Oakley agreed with Webb’s retained attorney Marlon Evans that charges should be dismissed.
They were dismissed “without prejudice” and they could be re-filed by the prosecutor’s office in the future.
The six felonies, including weapons charges, controlled substance charges and possession of a weapon by a felon, were brought by the DRANO [Downriver Area Narcotics Organization] team.
Assistant Prosecutor Walker had asked for an adjournment until the troopers could return from their vacations. She said this all stemmed from a miscommunication between the prosecutor’s office and the MSP.
By Rosemary K. Otzman