Zeeland man faces life in prison for break-in, assault

Becky Vargo • Jul 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM

A Zeeland man faces up to life in prison after pleading no contest to charges connected to a break-in and assault at a Park Township home in March.

Kelly Harmsen, 47, will be sentenced Aug. 27 for breaking and entering, first-degree home invasion, unlawful imprisonment and the use of a firearm while committing a felony.

In exchange for his plea, entered Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court, no additional charges will be added from this event.

According to information released at the hearing, Harmsen had a 20-gauge shotgun when he forced his way into a Riley Street home March 14. He was wearing a mask and had handcuffs in his possession.

Harmsen told the victim he needed money and placed her in flex cuffs, then moved her to the bedroom. Harmsen cut the handcuffs off before leaving and left without money, authorities said.

Tentative guidelines show that Harmsen will get a mandatory two years in prison for the firearm charge, plus a possible 6-7 more years on the minimum end for the other charges. He could also be subject to registering as a sex offender.

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