Home invasion suspect given prison time

Home invasion suspect given prison time

MARQUETTE — A home invasion suspect was sentenced to prison time in Marquette County Circuit Court Friday morning.

33–year–old Derek Lentz was given a sentence of 29 months to 15 years in prison with credit for time served. Lentz was arrested for outstanding warrants and drug possession after entering a home on Freedom Drive in Marquette in order to steal drugs in May.

Before the sentence was given, the victim of the crime — Lentz’s mother — asked for Lentz to be given a jail sentence rather than prison. Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese emphasized Lentz’s criminal record and the consequences of his actions.

“I think for everyone in the courtroom that is dealing with this, whether it’s a family member with a drug addiction, whether it’s themselves with a drug addiction, they should maybe think about some of these things,” said Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese. “When they get out of jail or they get out of prison or they get out of treatment, that life goes on, and the consequences of your own selfish behavior can have negative impacts on those around you that care for you and that love you.”

Lentz pleaded guilty to second degree home invasion in June.