Suspect caught by police after knocking himself out pleads guilty

MARQUETTE — In late October, Michigan State Police caught up with a suspect who had allegedly invaded a home in Negaunee Township and ran into the woods before apparently running into a tree and knocking himself out. The alleged perpetrator of that ill-fated jog entered a plea agreement in Marquette County Circuit Court Friday morning.

Jacob Roemer, 18, pleaded guilty to first degree home invasion, which is a 20-year felony. A resisting and obstructing charge will be dropped along with a controlled substance charge as a result of the agreement.

As is customary when entering a plea, Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Mazzuchi asked Roemer to describe what he did.

“I broke through the door and caused fear unto the homeowner,” said Roemer.
“You caused fear unto the homeowner?” asked Judge Mazzuchi.
“Yeah,” Roemer replied.

A stipulation of the plea agreement asked for Roemer to be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. If the judge sentences accordingly at the next hearing on January 27th, no conviction will be entered in Roemer’s case, and the court’s disposition will be made non-public.