Houghton man sentenced for B&Es

HOUGHTON – A Houghton man was sentenced to 29 months to 10 years in prison for breaking and entering into two Lake Linden businesses over the summer.

Philip Provost, 26, of Houghton, must also pay a combined $3,135 to the businesses. He pleaded no contest in January to two counts of breaking and entering, each a 10-year felony.

“I’d just like to apologize to my victims,” Provost said, turning to address people from the businesses who had come to the sentencing. “Apologize for any stress or whatever I caused you.”

While the crimes were scored as occurring against a business, Prosecutor Michael Makinen said they hurt people.

“These are small businesses,” he said. “There are people making a living on it. The theft is a theft against individuals, in reality, same as stealing from their home.”

Provost’s attorney, David Gemignani, said Provost is one in a long string of defendants whose substance abuse had caused poor decision-making. He said he hopes Provost can get counseling during his incarceration.

“I hope that he will put his heart into it … you’ve got to put your heart into it to get something out of it,” he said.

Provost received credit for 203 days already served.