2017-06-14 / Front Page

Armed robbery suspect convicted

Victim’s ear sliced in half

Kenneth Thompson Kenneth Thompson A 32-year-old Yale man has been convicted of five criminal charges in connection with an armed robbery involving four suspects that left the victim with his ear sliced.

Jurors returned the verdicts against Kenneth Thompson on Wed., June 7, finding him guilty of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, home invasion first degree, conspiracy home invasion first degree, unlawful imprisonment and assault-harm less than murder.

The jury found Thompson not guilty of two other charges, armed robbery and assault with a weapon.

The two-day trial was held in Sanilac County Circuit Court. Sentencing is set for Aug. 2.

Two other suspects in the May 16 robbery were sentenced to prison in March following guilty pleas.

Irvonte Woods, 21, of Detroit, was sentenced to two concurrent terms of eight to 25 years for armed robbery and home invasion first degree. Heather Amnath, 37, of Yale sentenced to three to 15 years for conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

The victim identified Woods as the person who cut off his ear.

The fourth suspect in the case, a 22-yearold Port Huron man, remains at large.

The robbery occurred during the late evening hours of May 8 or early morning hours of May 9 at a residence in the 7900 block of Bricker Road.

Sanilac County sheriff’s officers learned of the robbery following a traffic stop in St. Clair County by Yale police involving three people – two males and a female.

The victim, a 56 or 57-year-old male, told deputies a woman had come to his residence to buy marijuana, said Detective-Sgt. Nathan Smith.

While the woman was there, Smith said, the victim claimed two men forced their way in through a door, struck him over the head with what he described as a hatchet, tied him up, blindfolded him and stole marijuana plants and processed marijuana, cash and firearms, and left.

The victim managed to free himself and drove to a friend’s house where he called police.

Smith said the victim was hospitalized and underwent plastic surgery on his ear which was sliced in half by the “hatchet.”

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