Iron River man sent to jail on B&E charge
By NIKKI YOUNK
CRYSTAL FALLS – An Iron River man who broke into the Caspian Northland Marathon gas station in order to steal a bottle of alcohol and some cigarettes has been sentenced to serve nine months in the Iron County Jail.
However, 23-year-old Kyle Remer will have a chance to enter Iron County Trial Court’s swift and sure program, which is similar to the drug court program, after serving only two months in jail.
A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Nov. 6.
Remer will also have to serve two years of probation and pay approximately $1,494 in restitution.
Remer was sentenced on one felony count of breaking and entering and one misdemeanor count of receiving and concealing stolen property for the March 25 incident.
During a sentencing hearing Tuesday, Remer’s attorney Geoffrey Lawrence noted that his client’s crimes stem from problems with drugs and alcohol.
“He realizes that he came close to prison this time,” said Lawrence.
Lawrence asked Judge C. Joseph Schwedler to allow Remer to enter the swift and sure program immediately, so he can continue to fight his addictions.
Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell disagreed.
She pointed out that Remer has a record of seven misdemeanors, and has now committed a felony.
“He’s graduated to the big leagues,” she said. “He broke into a business and stole someone else’s property.”
Powell argued that Remer should spend some time in jail before being considered for the swift and sure program.
When given a chance to speak, Remer said that he has been submitting to drug tests and now has a job.
“I’ve been doing good lately,” he said.
Judge Schwedler agreed with Powell’s opinion that Remer should spend some time in jail, due to his record and the fact that he was on probation when he committed the break-in.
“We can blame alcohol and drugs, but Mr. Remer chose to put himself in that position,” he said.
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