Robbery suspects in court; charges dropped against Florida woman


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – Armed robbery charges have been dropped against one of two suspects in a 2013 armed robbery incident at an Iron Mountain residence.

During a hearing Monday in Dickinson County District Court, Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards said that she would be dismissing felony armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and home invasion-first degree counts against 26-year-old Mary Hawthorne of Fort Myers, Fla. at this time.

However, Hawthorne will remain a suspect in the incident, Richards added.

There are no other known suspects at this time.

Hawthorne was bound over to the circuit court level on an unrelated felony count of larceny in a building. That charge stems from an incident that occurred two days after the armed robbery incident.

Co-defendant Gene Hebert, 36, of Niagara, Wis. was bound over to the circuit court level on felony counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, home invasion-first degree, and larceny in a building.

Both Hawthorne and Hebert will appear in Dickinson County Circuit Court for arraignments on May 19 in front of Judge Mary B. Barglind.

If convicted, Hebert could spend up to life in prison, while Hawthorne faces a maximum penalty of four years in prison.

The robbery charges stem from a Aug. 6, 2013 incident.

Hebert, along with third co-defendant who has already been sentenced, is accused of entering a residence on the 200 block of West Brown Street in order to rob the male resident at knifepoint. Taken in the robbery were the resident’s medical marijuana and cash.

Hawthorne and Hebert were arrested on March 8 in Pennsylvania on the outstanding armed robbery warrants out of Iron Mountain.

They waived extradition and were transported back to Michigan.

The two remain in the custody of the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department.

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