PONTIAC (WWJ/AP) – A man who authorities say tried to break into musician Kid Rock’s metro Detroit home has pleaded no contest to charges.
Brian Keith entered the plea Wednesday to attempted home invasion, malicious destruction of a building and malicious destruction of personal property. The 43-year-old Independence Township man is due back in Oakland County Circuit Court on Sept. 25 for sentencing.
Defense lawyer Douglas Oliver told the judge that Keith was so drunk, he can’t remember a single thing about the incident.
Keith was arrested Aug. 3 after surveillance photos from security cameras on Kid Rock’s Clarkston property were released. The photos showed a man ramming the gate July 31 and then trying — without success — to break into the house.
Kid Rock, who was away at the time, had offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in the case. He said on his website that he might have used deadly force had he been home during the break-in.
“Thank God I was not on the property at the time of this attempted break in. I am an avid hunter and marksman and I will not hesitate to shoot anyone who has myself or family in fear for our lives,” Kid Rock said.
“I take the invasion of my personal space very seriously regardless of who you are and YES, I do profile people. I am currently profiling any balding white male on crutches driving a white creeper van,” he added.
Oakland County Sheriff’s officials said two separate tips from the public led them to Keith. Police say total damages to the security gate, the residence and the garage are in excess of $29,000.
Keith has a lengthy criminal history, including several convictions for drunken driving and fraud, officials have said.
A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.
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