BAY CITY, MI — More than a year after someone burglarized a boat and left some blood at the scene, DNA analysis has led to a man being charged with a felony.
The afternoon of June 6, 2016, police responded to Liberty Harbor Marina after a 62-year-old man reported his boat had been broken into. The man said he arrived at his boat and found its canopy unzipped and the door to the sleeping quarters kicked in, court records show.
Missing from the boat were a half-gallon of vodka, a stainless steel flask with the owner’s name engraved on it, a portable stereo, a duffle bag, and a pair of binoculars, the man told police.
Four days later, the man contacted police again to tell him he had found some blood on his boat’s walls. Police took samples of the blood and shipped them to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.
On April 26, Crime Lab staff indicated the blood likely came from 23-year-old Jesse J. Ellison. On May 8, police obtained a buccal swab sample from Ellison, who was in the Bay County Jail on an unrelated burglary offense committed Nov. 9.
On July 31, the Crime Lab confirmed Ellison’s buccal swab sample matched the DNA recovered from the boat’s bloodstains.
By then, Ellison was on probation, a Bay County judge having sentenced him to three years of it the previous month.
Authorities issued a warrant for Ellison on Oct. 2. On Dec. 6, Ellison was arraigned by Bay County District Judge Timothy J. Kelly on one count of breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny. The charge is a 10-year felony.
Ellison is to appear for a preliminary examination at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20.