48 year old Todd Matthew Norton, pleaded guilty to first-degree home invasion and assault
Written by Jesse Baroka on March 20, 2019
BESSEMER – In Gogebic County Court yesterday A man from New London, Wis., has pleaded guilty to a pair of felonies for his role in a home invasion in Marenisco Township last December. 48 year old Todd Matthew Norton, pleaded guilty to first-degree home invasion and assault with intent to do great bodily harm for his role in the home invasion and robbery. The plea came as part of a plea agreement that will have charges of armed robbery, possessing a weapon while committing a felony and being a felon in possession of a weapon dismissed at sentencing. Norton also admitted to being a habitual offender-second offense, which increases the maximum possible sentences he faces. Prosecutor Nick Jacobs is also recommending Norton serve the sentences for the two felonies concurrently as part of the plea agreement. Norton was one of five people who allegedly used a credit card to break in through the front door of a property on East Shore road on Lake Gogebic. Norton admits that he woke the property owner up by hitting him on the head with the butt of a pistol he found in the home, and then the group allegedly tied up the home owner and threw a blanket over him. Norton told Judge Michael Pope the group wanted to “get all of his gold and silver that he had,” as well as any money they found. The property owner was later able to free himself and alert police, leading to an unsuccessful search of the area and the execution of a search warrant in the city of Ironwood. Norton and several co-defendants in the case were later arrested in Wisconsin and charged in connection to the home invasion. Norton is scheduled to be sentenced June 18.