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Putnam County resident receives 2 years in prison

Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Staff Writer

HENNEPIN — One of the four Putnam County residents facing charges following an alleged home invasion pleaded guilty under a negotiated plea Thursday in Putnam County Court.

Timothy Bookwalter, 25, of McNabb pleaded guilty to criminal trespass to a residence, a Class 4 felony, and battery, a Class A misdemeanor. Under the terms of the negotiated plea, a home invasion charge, a Class X felony, and a mob action charge, a Class 4 felony, were dismissed.

Bookwalter was sentenced to 2 years in prison for criminal trespass to residence. For the battery charge, he received a sentence of 180 days in county jail — but that sentence will run concurrently with the prison sentence. Bookwalter, who was represented by attorney John Lonergan, will receive credit for 40 days which have already been served.

The charges stemmed from an incident on Dec. 1 in which Bookwalter and three otherPutnamCountyresidents allegedly unlawfully entered an occupied McNabb home on Dec. 1, 2012.

The battery charge against Bookwalter was filed because he allegedly struck the occupant of that house.

Putnam County State’s Attorney James Mack said Bookwalter does have a prior record — a 2006 felony conviction of aggravated battery inLivingstonCounty.

The three other people charged in the alleged home invasion case are Nathan Webb, 22, of Granville, Anthony Webb, 26, of Granville, and Stephanie Massutti, 24, of McNabb.

The charges against both of the Webbs include mob action and home invasion.

In court Thursday, both men waived their right to a jury trial, requesting a bench trial instead. Nathan Webb’s bench trial was set for March 28. Anthony Webb’s bench trial was set for April 18.

Massutti, who is charged with mob action, aggravated battery, criminal trespass to a residence and battery, has a court appearance scheduled for Jan. 17.


Shannon Crawley-Serpette may be reached at (309) 364-2268 or

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