GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man tripped up by his own DNA on a cigarette butt has lost an appeal of a breaking-and-entering conviction in western Michigan.
Steven Merchant Jr. was accused of breaking into storage units in Grand Rapids. The missing property included a watch that was given to a woman for her retirement.READ MORE: City Of Detroit Secures $12.1 Million To Support 6 Affordable Housing Projects
The big break for police was a cigarette butt found at the scene. Tests showed DNA on the cigarette belonged to Merchant. Investigators later recovered the watch from a relative’s shed.READ MORE: Michigan Reports Its First Probable Case Of Monkeypox In Oakland County
The appeals court on Thursday found no errors in the case and affirmed Merchant’s conviction and six-year prison sentence.MORE NEWS: Crime Without Punishment: Detroit Homicide Clearance Rates Rise as National Rates Fall
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