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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 8:23 a.m.

Man pleads guilty to stealing materials from construction site

By Kyle Feldscher

A Canton Township man may spend up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to breaking into a building under construction.


Richard Sherwood

Courtesy Michigan Department of Corrections

Richard Sherwood, 33, pleaded guilty to three counts of entering a building with the intent to commit a crime and one count of larceny in a building of materials costing more than $1,000 but less than $20,000 in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Melinda Morris Monday. In exchange, Washtenaw County prosecutors dropped four other charges he was facing as a part of four criminal cases.

According to police, Sherwood and Thomas Vickery, an Ypsilanti Township man, broke into a building under construction at 5725 Hines Drive in July and took building materials belonging to Tecumseh Products. Pittsfield Township police arrested the two of them on Aug. 1.

The Pittsfield Township police worked with officers from Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan public safety departments during the investigation.

Sherwood faces between 18 months and five years in prison and a $2,500 fine for each charge of entering a building with the intent to commit a crime and between 18 months and four years in prison for the larceny in a building charge.

Sherwood has previously served time in prison for two charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and a felony firearms charge from a September 2003 incident, according to state records. He is currently on probation for being convicted of possession of cocaine in March 2010, according to state records.

Sherwood is currently being held in the Washtenaw County Jail. He will return to Morris’ courtroom for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12.

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



Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 2:24 a.m.

I love that everyone is more interested in the tattoo on his face than the matter at hand... I have 6 tattoos and never committed a crime, talk about stereotypical... thank God for freedom of speech and self expression, ohh wait I think it's our founding fathers i should thank for that;)

Chris 8 - YPSI PRIDE

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 11:13 a.m.

Never put a tatoo on yuor face! It's as good as telling any potential employer I am not interested in working and I have been in prison.

Berda Green

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 2:29 a.m.

need to stop stealing honey u break the law u pay


Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 4:48 p.m.

Makes it easier for a victim to identify you too


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 10:12 p.m.

He could be Maori, like Mike tyson


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 9:07 p.m.

Would facial tatoo removal be tax deductable as a business expense for a career criminal?? If so, it'd be a good idea.

Macabre Sunset

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 7:23 p.m.

I would correct the headline. Since the sentencing range is 18 months to 5 years, and the presiding judge is Melinda Morris, it would be more accurate to write that face-tattoo guy will receive up to 5 *days* in jail.


Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 4:47 p.m.

Or maybe probation again

hut hut

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 6:32 p.m.

Pay attention kids, this is what happens to your life when you get a face tattoo.