Former students accused of stealing Skyline computers head to circuit court
Teens get probation in theft of dozens of Ann Arbor high school laptops
by Larry Margolis on October 23, 2017
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ANN ARBOR, MI – Two former Skyline High School students will serve probation after police say they stole dozens of laptops from the school earlier this year.
Henry “Hank” McMillin and Julien Faro, who were 18 when they were charged, were sentenced Oct. 10 to two years probation by Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Carol Kuhnke.
At the sentencing, McMillin’s Ann Arbor-based attorney Laurence H. Margolis described the crime as “an absurdly dumb thing that (McMillin) did and he’s owned up to it.”
McMillin then apologized to Kuhnke.
“I deeply regret my actions and I thank you for this second opportunity, as I know those are rare in life,” he said.
Faro, too, apologized at his sentencing.
“I’d just like to say I’m sorry and I’ve learned a lot from all this,” he said.
Both McMillin and Faro were sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which allows judges to place offenders between the ages of 17 and 24 in jail or on probation without a conviction. Offenders sentenced under the act can avoid a criminal record if they successfully complete their sentence.
Cases for both teens appeared to have been removed from online circuit court dockets and files prior to sentencing. But Margolis said in an email that the two pleaded guilty in the cases against them.
The teens were charged in July with breaking and entering a building with intent and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering a building with intent – felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Along with the other conditions of their probation, the teens must serve 50 hours of community service, Kuhnke said at the hearings.
Officials previously said McMillin and Faro entered the school at 2552 North Maple Road through an unlocked door sometime after 2:30 a.m. March 20 and took a cart with about 35 MacBook Air computers.
After several months of investigation, police identified the teens and recovered 31 of the 35 laptops, which police believe the teens were attempting to sell on social media, Ann Arbor police Detective Lt. Matthew Lige said.
Four of the computers were never located and are believed to have been sold before police located the rest.
Margolis said in an email that McMillin aided with the recovery of the 31 computers and is committed to paying restitution and reimbursing the school district for the unreturned items.
McMillin is focusing on work and school, Margolis said and did not wish to give a statement.