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Posted on Fri, May 11, 2012 : 6:07 p.m.

Man sentenced to prison for breaking into ex-girlfriend's apartment

By Kyle Feldscher

A Garden City man will spend between two and 15 years in prison, with the opportunity to go to boot camp, for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s Ann Arbor home.

Julian Hearn, 29, was convicted of first-degree home invasion, interfering with electronic communications, domestic violence and intimidating a witness in April, according to court records. During that trial, he was also found not guilty of unlawful imprisonment, intimidating communication with a witness and interfering with the reporting of a crime.

Hearn was accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in the 1000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on July 7, 2011 and arguing with her before grabbing her, destroying two of her cellphones and a laptop computer after she threatened to call the police. Police said Hearn waited until police left his ex-girlfriend’s apartment before he went back and forced her into his car, driving around Ann Arbor for an hour and a half before dropping her off near his apartment.

Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge David Swartz sentenced Hearn to between two years and 15 years for the home invasion charge and shorter sentences for the other counts, according to court officials. All of the other sentences are concurrent, and shorter, than the home invasion charge and it’s likely that Hearn will be going to boot camp as a part of his sentence, according to officials.

According to Washtenaw County Assistant Prosecutor Brenda Taylor, it’s a night Hearn’s victim can’t forget.

“It is something that affects her and continues to affect her,” Taylor said in court Thursday. “She’s tired of trying to deal with it. It’s something she just can’t move on from.”

Hearn apologized to the victim and his family while in court.

“I let them down and I really apologize,” he said about his family and children.

Hearn was originally charged with 12 counts, which increased to 14 by the time of the trial. In addition to the charges he was found not guilty on, charges of interfering with a police investigation, interfering with the reporting of a crime, interfering with electronic communications, second-degree home invasion and bribing a witness were all dropped, according to court records.

Washtenaw County Assistant Public Defender Chris Renna said the night was not an accurate reflection of who his client is as a person.

“They were having a break-up argument,” Renna said. “I think it represents a one-night blip in the life of Julian Hearn.”

Reporter John Counts contributed to this story.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at kylefeldscher@annarbor.com or you can follow him on Twitter.

Comments

Sutro1

Wed, Jun 6, 2012 : 8:48 p.m.

Wow ... too lenient! If she had slapped him, she probably would have ended up in jail charged with domestic violence. SMH ... boot camp! If he forced her into his car ... why wan't he charged with kidnapping?

tomnspats

Sat, May 12, 2012 : 3:13 p.m.

this is just lazy prosecution .Is this really the best you can do ?

Jimmy McNulty

Sat, May 12, 2012 : 1:08 p.m.

I thought boot-camp was for youthful offenders. This fellow is 29 with children, as the article mentions, and seems a little too old for that.

RJA

Sat, May 12, 2012 : 12:41 a.m.

Sounds like a good plan to me. You play, you pay!

stevek

Fri, May 11, 2012 : 11:05 p.m.

Found guilty of 4 charges and may not go to prison. Unbellievable. Well he did apologize. I guess that is good enough. He also PROMISED to stay away. Sounds like everything is all better...