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Zeeland man to be sentenced for home invasion

The Holland Sentinel • Jul 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Zeeland resident Kelly Wayne Harmsen, 47, has pleaded guilty to several charges relating to the home invasion and robbery of a Holland-area woman.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 22 by Ottawa County Circuit Judge Jon Hulsing.

Harmsen pleaded no contest on July 16 to assault with intent to rob while armed, first-degree home invasion, unlawful imprisonment and using a firearm to commit a felony.

The charges stem from a March 14 incident when Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a home invasion in the 16800 block of Riley Street in Park Township. Harmsen entered the 54-year-old woman’s home with a weapon and demanded money from her. The woman was placed in restraints, but she was unharmed, police said.

A Holland police K-9 unit assisting at the scene located Harmsen’s vehicle nearby, and police found Harmsen at his Holland Township worksite later the same day. He was arrested without incident.

A no-contest plea does not admit guilt, but is treated the same as a guilty plea at sentencing.

Assault with intent to rob while armed carries a penalty of up to a life sentence in prison. Home invasion carries up to 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $5,000, and using a firearm to commit a felony is a five- to 10-year sentence. Along with up to 15 years in prison, unlawful imprisonment carries a fine of up to $20,000.

Harmsen is being held on a $750,000 bond and will remain in the Ottawa County Jail until he is sentenced.

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