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Posted on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 : 1:56 p.m.

Man who testified against break-in crew scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday

By John Counts

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Jeffrey Arthur Schuh, Jeffrey Aron Schuh, Quang Nguyen, Stephen Colwell

The 25-year-old Lima Township man who testified against three members of a break-in crew is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in the Washtenaw County Trial Court, according to court records.

Steven Colwell is expected to receive two to 15 years in prison in exchange for his testimony. He pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree home invasion.

Colwell testified that he broke into houses and stole numerous items along with Jeffrey Arthur Schuh, 54; his son Jeffrey Aron Schuh, 20, both of Dexter; and Quang Nguyen, 19, of Ypsilani Township to feed his heroin habit. The elder and younger Schuhs and Nguyen, who all face numerous charges, were all still working on plea deals last month.

Colwell, the younger Schuh and Nguyen broke into nine homes and the elder Schuh served as a lookout on three of those occasions, according to Colwell’s testimony. The crew allegedly stole a wide range of items: foreign coins, two-dollar bills, equestrian trophies, jewelry, silver goblets, electronics, cash, a guitar and custom-made brass bullets.

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Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 3:20 p.m.

The dad is scary lookin' for sure.


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 2:03 a.m.

See ya, wouldn't want to be ya.

Jack Gladney

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 1:32 a.m.

If they ever do a remake of 'Deliverance,' Central Casting should look up the dudes in those mugshots.


Sun, Feb 17, 2013 : 10:07 p.m.

How is it that there are "degrees" of home invasion?


Sun, Feb 17, 2013 : 11:27 p.m.

The laws specifies the degrees of home invasion based on a couple factors. First degree home invasion requires the person to unlawfully break into or enter a dwelling with the intent to commit a felony, larceny, or assault and one of the following 2 factors is present. a) A person was lawfully inside the dwelling at the time the person unlawfully entered the dwelling or b) was the invader armed with a dangerous weapon Second degree is the same as first degree except it is into an unoccupied dwelling and no dangerous weapon is present. Third degree is the least serious and has the most possible avenues to receive the charge. One thing to consider. Home invasion charges can be sentenced consecutively to other charges arising from the same invasion. For example, if a person broke into a home and committed an assault using a dangerous weapon, he/she could be sentenced to a sentence for the assault (say 15 years), plus the additional sentence for first degree home invasion (up to 20 years). This person could be sentenced to 35 years in prison in this example.