HOUGHTON - The Houghton County Jail inmate who escaped custody in March was bound over to Houghton County Circuit Court Wednesday on charges from the escape and additional charges from an October larceny arrest.
Jeremy Nordstrom, 27, appeared in 97th District Court for a preliminary hearing on a five-year felony larceny charge. He is accused of stealing scrap metal from the land of his girlfriend's grandfather.
He waived his hearing on the escape charges - escape from a misdemeanor jail sentence, a two-year felony; and escape from lawful custody, a one-year misdemeanor.
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Jeremy Nordstrom talks with his attorney, David Gemignani, in 97th District Court Wednesday. Nordstrom appeared in court for charges including larceny and escaping lawful custody.
Judge Mark Wisti granted Prosecutor Michael Makinen's request for two new charges of larceny in a building and breaking and entering with intent, a 10-year felony.
The landowner, Theodore Strieter, said he had returned from a trip on Oct. 6 to find various pieces of steel and metal missing, including a plow, that had been stored throughout his property and in a storage unit.
When he went to Keweenaw Scrap Metal to investigate, they told him Nordstrom had brought in the items.
"I asked him why he did it. ... His response was, he needed the money," Strieter said.
Nordstrom walked away from a Houghton County Sheriff's Office work crew at the Houghton County Arena in Hancock on March 20. Two weeks later, he was arrested at a camp in Keweenaw County.