Thief Beat with Bat Makes Plea

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette

JACKSON - The would-be thief who got a face full of baseball bat from his victim wants justice to be swift.

Less than a month after the incident, Ronald Powell pleads no contest to the charge of first degree home invasion. In the early morning hours of August 5th, Powell broke into a home on Griswald Street in Jackson and began grabbing various electronics. The homeowners Tim and Rebekah Maynard were inside, as well as their two small children. They were roused by the noise from the burglar. As Rebekah called 911, Tim grabbed the aluminum bat he keeps under the bed. Powell entered the bedroom, and that's when Tim Maynard started swinging. He struck the thief in the jaw, breaking it. Powell fled from the home, but police soon caught up to him.

"This is a straight forward case where we had a diligent homeowner protecting his family and home. Mr. Powell should consider himself lucky that it was only a baseball bat," said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Peter Langley, who handled the case.

There was no plea deal. Powell pleaded as charged. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but treated as such during sentencing. The home invasion charge carries with it a maximum sentence of 20 years. The sentencing is scheduled for October 8th.


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