Accused burglar in Spring Lake manhunt sentenced to prison 17 Oct 11

One of two men involved in a burglary-turned-manhunt this summer in Spring Lake Township has been sentenced to serve five years in prison.

Thirty-six-year-old William Thomas Benjamin II of Minneapolis will serve 40 months behind bars and 20 months on supervised release for the June 29 home invasion that led to a five-hour manhunt.

Both Benjamin, who tried to hide in a tree, and 29-year-old Jason Bradley Phyle, who hid in a small boat in the middle of Campbell Lake, were located and charged with first-degree burglary, which carries a mandatory minimum of six months in jail.

Phyle’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 27.