BARRE — A Granite City man is accused of trespassing inside someone’s home.
Michael J. King, 29, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Washington County criminal court to a felony count of unlawful trespass into an occupied residence. If convicted, King faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison. He was released on conditions.
Officer Amos Gaylord, of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit someone called police anonymously shortly after midnight on May 20 to report King was back at a residence on Cottage Street after he had been given a notice of no trespass for the home earlier that night. Gaylord said he had given King the notice.
He said he went to the home and spoke to the resident living there. Gaylord said he asked the resident if King was inside and they said he wasn’t. The resident told Gaylord they had been sleeping and didn’t know why police received a report about King being in the home, according to court records.
Gaylord said he asked the resident if he could come inside to check to see if King was there and the resident said he could. He said he and another officer started looking around the apartment.
Gaylord said when he got to the bedroom he noticed a Four Loko drink can on the nightstand. He noted King had been drinking Four Lokos at that residence when he gave King the no trespass order.
Gaylord said he then looked at the closet and saw King standing still inside. He said King was then taken into custody and cited for unlawful trespass.
Gaylord said the resident later told him King had come back to collect his things when he was initially given the order barring him from being at the residence.