Kalkaska woman lodged in prison sentenced for break-in.

April 19, 2021

Kaytelin Carlson appears in 27th Circuit Court from the Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti via Zoom videoconferencing.

Kalkaska woman lodged in prison sentenced for break-in.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 27-year-old Kalkaska woman convicted of second-degree child abuse and third-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) was sentenced to jail Monday, April 19, in 27th Circuit Court.

Kaytelin Hazel-Keefer Carlson pleaded guilty Feb. 22 to breaking and entering with intent.

Carlson appeared in court via Zoom video conferencing from the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Carlson is serving five years and 10 months to 15 years in prison for the Kalkaska County convictions, which are unrelated to the Oceana County case, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

Carlson was sentenced Monday to 57 days in jail with credit for 57 days served. Because she is already lodged in prison, the sentence imposed Monday is not long, said Judge Springstead. “Normally, we would give a longer sentence.”

Her co-defendant Troy James Hern-Slocum of Hesperia received a sentence of 120 days in jail last August. The break-in occurred during the summer of 2019 at an unoccupied house on South 184th Avenue in Greenwood Township, according to testimony.

“What was the purpose?” asked Judge Springstead at the time of her plea. 

“To take things to sell,” said Carlson. She said Hern-Slocum went inside the house and stole items while she stood outside as the lookout. She also testified that she helped Hern-Slocum load the items.

For fear of getting caught, they left the stolen property behind when they left the area, Carlson testified. 

“It was a great big mistake,” she said. “I was not in the right frame of mind. I was hanging out with the wrong people at the wrong time.” Carlson apologized for her actions.

Breaking and entering with intent is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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