Home invader sent to prisonPublished 2:05pm Sunday, October 14, 2012
CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man who invaded a home was startled to find a woman feeding her son.
On Friday in Cass County Circuit Court, Judge Michael Dodge gave Ruben Muth, 33, of West Railroad Street, 87 months to 30 years in prison.
Prosecutor Victor Fitz said Muth needs to be “salted away” until he’s older, slower and wiser.
Muth Aug. 13 pleaded guilty to first-degree home invasion and being an habitual offender second, which enhances a potential 20-year sentence to 30 years.
His victim attended the sentencing, but did not address the court.
Dodge recounted that Muth went to a home on M-51 South on April 10, knocked and, receiving no response, kicked in the door. His restitution is $492.
When he found people inside, he fled, leaving them in “terror.”
The judge said Muth’s prior record includes three home-invasion convictions and another for burglary.
Muth’s attorney, James Miller, cited strenuous efforts by his family, particularly his wife, because he has been plagued by drug addiction for a long time.
Muth read a letter taking responsibility for his actions, recognizing he put society at risk, apologizing to his victims and expressing remorse for the “atrocity.”
“I have turned my life over to the Lord,” seeks forgiveness for his sins and prays for his victims daily, Muth said.
“It is my fault that I made these decisions,” he said. “I will always be an addict.”