Break-in suspect pleads guilty
By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN – A Norway teen accused of committing multiple breaking and enterings throughout Dickinson County has accepted a plea deal.
Cody Howorth, 17, pleaded guilty on Monday to one felony count of breaking and entering a building, one felony count of larceny from a motor vehicle, one felony count of breaking and entering a vehicle causing damage, and one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
In exchange for the pleas, Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards agreed to dismiss nine similar felony and misdemeanor counts and to not charge a felonious assault complaint filed by the Norway Police Department.
The sentencing recommendation reached by the attorneys calls for Howorth to spend 12 months in jail, serve three years of probation, and pay restitution along with his co-defendants.
However, Howorth still faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Sentencing is set for Nov. 5 in Dickinson County Circuit Court.
The charges stem from incidents that occurred between July 23 and Aug. 3 in Iron Mountain, Kingsford, and Norway.
Howorth admitted to entering an unlocked garage in order to steal change, a skateboard, and two packs of cigarettes, stealing a radio from an unlocked vehicle, damaging the dash of another unlocked vehicle while stealing a stereo, and breaking into a Norway business in order to steal an off-road vehicle and take it for a joy ride.
Howorth’s co-defendants in the case are juveniles and will be dealt with in Dickinson County Circuit Court’s Family Division. The co-defendants include a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy from Williston, N.D. and a 16-year-old boy from Quinnesec.
Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.