Hugall pleads in gun larceny case

HOUGHTON — One of three former Finlandia University students arrested after the burglary of a Hancock sporting goods store pleaded guilty Monday in Houghton County Circuit Court as part of a plea bargain.

Jake Hugall, 19, pleaded guilty to larceny of a firearm, a five-year felony.

As part of the plea agreement, he will cooperate with federal prosecutors in cases against the other suspects.

Hugall said he had acted as the lookout for the theft at Northwoods Sporting Goods, which occurred on Dec. 10.

“Did you know what they were going to do when they went in there?” Judge Charles Goodman asked him.

“Yes, your honor, but I didn’t believe they were actually going to do it,” Hugall said.

A breaking and entering charge was dropped in exchange for the plea. Hugall will also be considered for Holmes Youthful Trainee Act status, which would wipe the conviction off his record if probation is completed.

Sentencing was scheduled for approximately four weeks.