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Grand Rapids man pleads guilty to felony burglary

A convicted felon arrested in April after a two-hour standoff with police in Grand Rapids pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony burglary.

Steven Lee Carpenter, 25, of Grand Rapids was charged with one count of burglary in the first degree. Carpenter and a juvenile allegedly stole a firearm and other items from a residence on April 14. According to the criminal complaint, a man entering his apartment interrupted the burglary. He discovered several items — including a 9 mm pistol with two 10-round magazines — were missing.

A police officer followed footprints from the apartment and saw a person matching the description of the intruder. When the officer called to him, the suspect fled on foot into a nearby residence. A crisis negotiator made contact with the suspects and was able to get them to exit the residence about 4:30 p.m. They were arrested without incident.

Law enforcement officers found the missing handgun — with a full magazine, loaded, with a round in the chamber and the hammer cocked — in the apartment, the complaint said.

Carpenter’s criminal record includes a 2012 conviction for felony burglary. According to the complaint, he is on supervised probation for the offense, and has violated his probation multiple times.

If a judge accepts Tuesday’s negotiated plea, Carpenter will serve a guideline sentence of 58 months in prison. Carpenter is being held in the Itasca County Jail pending the July 9 sentencing hearing.

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