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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 5:57 a.m.

Lansing woman to serve one year in Washtenaw County Jail for home invasions

By Kyle Feldscher

The Lansing woman who admitted to being a lookout during three break-ins on the same July day in Ann Arbor will serve one year in the Washtenaw County Jail.

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Diane Muthee

Diane Muthee, a 32-year-old mother of two, will continue her stay at the Washtenaw County Jail, where she is currently being held. She will receive credit for 71 days served, according to Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Melinda Morris.

Muthee accepted a plea deal in October — Washtenaw County prosecutors dropped six charges of first-degree home invasion against her in exchange for her pleading guilty to three charges of third-degree home invasion. She said she acted as a lookout on July 5 while Edgar Hall broke into homes on the 900 block of Greenwood Avenue, the 800 block of Packard Street and the 900 block of Sylvan Street.

According to police, televisions, laptop computers, video game systems and other items were taken from the three homes. The total value of the stolen items amounted to between $3,000 and $4,000. Muthee and Hall were arrested on the day of the crimes near the home on Packard.

Hall was also originally charged with six counts of first-degree home invasion.

The maximum penalty for third-degree home invasion is five years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 4:41 p.m.

Now this is a Joke! 71 days served of the 1 year in jail? (not enough) I don't see her turning her life around soon. Oh, I almost forgot she was a look-outer.

Berda Green

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 2:31 a.m.

hope she has learned her lesson

Bertha Venation

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 5:20 p.m.

hmmmm... Melinda Morris, eh? Lucky gal... she'll get off scott free!


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 4:20 p.m.

"The total value of the stolen items amounted to between $3,000 and $4,000." She should have embezzled $100,000. Then she would have gotten a slap on the wrist.

Roy Munson

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 2:14 p.m.

Pretty weak sentence, but I guess that is Melinda Morris' version of "throwing the book" at someone. This will put her back in business next fall, but at least I will be out of Ann Arbor by then.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 1:32 p.m.

People that are convicted of home invasion and robbery should have their "wages" garnished when they are released from prison and the money paid to the people they violated.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 9:56 p.m.

@SteveK. I put wages in quotes to insinuate that included government subsidized income and benefits


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 2:51 p.m.

In order to have wages garnished, you have to have a job.