Austin White charged with attempted home invasion in Livonia
Former Central Michigan running back Austin White has been charged with attempted home invasion in Livonia, the second related offense this summer.
According to the Livonia Observer, White, 20, was arraigned Tuesday in 16th District Court for attempted home invasion. Livonia police say fingerprints from an attempted break in on Nov. 26 at a home on the 19000 block of Westmore led them to White.
White pleaded not guilty to the charge, the Observer reports. Attempted home invasion, a felony, carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail.
He is due back in 16th District Court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing on the attempted home invasion charge.
White will also appear in Wayne County Circuit Court a week later, July 31, on home invasion and larceny charges stemming from a June arrest in which Livonia police allege he broke into a home and stole prescription Adderall. He pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Home invasion carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail and $3,000 fine, while larceny from a building carries a four-year sentence and $3,000 fine.
During a court appearance July 9 in Isabella County, White’s attorney, Mary Chartier, refuted the home invasion and larceny charges in Livonia, saying a friend of White’s lived in the home and he not in possession of the drug when he was arrested. An attempt by Isabella County chief assistant prosecutor Risa Scully to revoke White’s bond, citing the Livonia native’s string of run-ins with police, was denied by a judge.
White was arrested by CMU police in April and charged with a three-count felony of delivering and manufacturing narcotics, possession of narcotics and maintaining a drug house. Police allege White, a member of the CMU football team at the time, was growing and selling hallucinogenic mushrooms in his Celani Residence Hall room.
He is scheduled to stand trial in front of a jury in Isabella County Trial Court on Sept. 4.
Livonia police detective Tim Chalk, who testified July 9 in Isabella County, said White was being investigated in relation to the Nov. 26 attempted home invasion.
On June 29, Isabella County judge Mark Duthie denied a motion that would allow White to leave the state. His family is moving to Illinois after his father, Michael White, retired as principal at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor and accepted a high school principal job in Illinois.
A standout, all-state running back at Livonia Stevenson High School, White was recruited by Rich Rodriguez and the University of Michigan. He left U-M in August 2010 and transferred to CMU in January 2011.
White sat out the 2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but was “suspended indefinitely” by head coach Dan Enos in October 2011 following a police investigation. He was later reinstated by the program before being released following his April arrest.
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