CADILLAC — A 44-year-old Cadillac man and a 40-year-old Manton man are facing up to life in prison for his part in a November armed robbery.

William Lewis Comstock III was charged in 84th District Court with one count each of aid and abet armed robbery, aid and abet first-degree home invasion of a residence on East Nelson Street for his connection with an incident on Nov. 8 in Cadillac. The armed robbery-related charge carries a maximum sentence of up to life in prison.

A habitual offender fourth offense notice was added to the charge which carries a maximum penalty of up to life in prison if the primary offense is punishable by up to five years in prison or 15 years in prison if the primary offense is punishable by under five years in prison.

If convicted, Comstock III faces up to life in prison.

He also was arraigned recently in 84th District Court on a charge of possession of methamphetamine second or subsequent offense for his connection with an incident on March 7 in Cadillac.

Ronnie Eugene Buck also was charged with one count each of aid and abet armed robbery, aid and abet first-degree home invasion of a residence on East Nelson Street for his connection with an incident on Nov. 8 in Cadillac. The armed robbery-related charge carries a maximum sentence of up to life in prison.

If convicted, Buck faces up to life in prison.

In both cases, the charges are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt. Comstock III and Buck are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Wexford County Prosecutor Jason Elmore said Cecil Raymond-Jerry McKinney is alleged to have committed an armed robbery and also is alleged to have conspired with Comstock III and Buck to commit the armed robbery. Last week, McKinney was charged in 84th District Court with counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and first-degree home invasion for his connection with an incident on Nov. 8 in Cadillac.

Cadillac Police Officers were dispatched to a home in the 300 block of East Nelson Street around 3:11 p.m. on Nov. 8 to a complaint of a home invasion involving a firearm, according to a Cadillac Police Department press release in November. A woman told police she was home by herself when a man she didn’t know entered her home and brandished a gun, the release said. It is alleged McKinney pointed the weapon at the woman and threatened her before leaving the home with some property, police said. He then fled from the home through a door on the north side of the house, according to police.

Comstock III was issued a $250,000 cash or surety bond in both cases and probable cause conferences were scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 23. Buck was issued a $50,000 cash or surety bond and a probable cause conference was scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 23.

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