Trial date set for Michigan safety Marvin Robinson, lawyer expects plea to lesser charge
Michigan football player Marvin Robinson had a trial date set for second-degree home invasion charges, but his lawyer doesn’t believe it will get to trial.
The junior safety from Winter Haven, Fla., allegedly broke into a dorm room in September and stole an Xbox. Judge David S. Swartz ordered a July 5 pretrial and July 23 trial during a hearing Thursday at Washtenaw County Trial Court.
Robinson’s lawyer, Gerry Mason, said he expects Robinson to plead guilty to a lesser charge under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which allows offenders aged 17 to 20 to be placed on probation without conviction to avoid a criminal record.
Mason first hopes to have the charges reduced to third-degree home invasion or simple larceny.
“We’re talking about something that was gone for less than 24 hours,” he said.
Mason claims Robinson, 20, never intended to steal the Xbox and that the episode was a misunderstanding.
Assistant prosecutor Brenda Taylor initially told Swartz she did not expect both sides to come to an agreement on the charges before trial, but after both sides spoke with Swartz at his bench, they appeared closer to an agreement. Swartz said he would entertain applying H.Y.T.A. should the sides come to an agreement on charges before the trial.
He also said he would entertain an early dismissal of the one-year probation that accompanies H.Y.T.A. if Robinson pays all fines and restitution to the victim.
Any charges to which Robinson pleads guilty under H.Y.T.A. would not appear on his record, but Mason said applying charges they feel are appropriate is important for perception, especially for public figures such as Robinson.
“It’s about advocating for the client,” Mason said.
Robinson had nine tackles in five games last year, but did not play in the final eight games. Coach Brady Hoke said at the time the safety's absence was due to an undisclosed injury.
Robinson is on the Wolverines' spring roster and participating in workouts.