GH teen faces prison time for home invasion, assault

Becky Vargo • Sep 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM

A Grand Haven teen faces up to 20 years in prison for entering a Grand Haven Township home and assaulting a female inside.

Ethan Wayne Ellcey, 17, pleaded guilty to charges of home invasion and assault with a dangerous weapon during a hearing Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court. In exchange for his plea, an additional charge of larceny in a building will be dismissed at sentencing, but Ellcey will still be responsible for restitution, said Judge Karen Miedema.

Ellcey admitted that he knew who lived in the house in the 13000 block of Pinewood Drive when he entered it without permission July 31. While leaving the residence, he “committed assault.”

“Something just clicked in me” when he saw the victim, Ellcey said. “I grabbed a (kitchen) knife. I stabbed the wall. I never hit her with it. I stabbed the wall to scare her. I didn’t plan to hurt her.”

Ellcey faces up to 20 years in prison for the home invasion when he is sentenced Oct. 8. The assault charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison.

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