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Man sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for 2023 home invasion murder in Beaverton

UPDATE 4/15/24 4:00 p.m.

The Beaverton police chief says Michael Brian Durbin II was sentenced on Monday for the murder of Scott Eckert in June of last year.

Durbin pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to a minimum of 225 months, almost 19 years, in prison.


8/14/24 4:55 p.m.

Two months after a home invasion in Beaverton left one person dead, the Beaverton Police Department says the suspect has been arrested and charged.

Officers say Scott Eckert was shot and killed on June 6. They also list Wendy Krohn as a victim of the incident. The suspect, Michael Brian Durbin II from Flint, reportedly left the area.

Beaverton Police now say Durbin has been in the Isabella County Jail since that day on other charges. They say he had always been a person of interest in the killing of Eckert, but through their investigation they determined he was their suspect.


Michael Brian Durbin II is now charged with multiple felonies including Felony Murder, Open Murder, Home Invasion 1st degree, Armed Robbery, Unlawful Imprisonment, Felonious Assault and Felony Firearm.

6/6/23 5:30 p.m.

An early morning home invasion left one man dead and another on the run.

Around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Beaverton Police responded to a call about a shooting at Lakefront Estates in Beaverton. That’s when they discovered the victim had died.


Beaverton Police say this is an isolated incident and while the suspect is still at large, the public is not in danger. Police from multiple units began to process the scene and search for the suspect.

“We were assisted by MSP, Michigan State Police. Their ES team was also there, aviation unit. We did have a helicopter here earlier assisting us. Arenac County. Gladwin County, Gladwin Police Department. You know, every agency here in local areas helped. We’re going to keep continuing searching for the suspect,” Beaverton Police Chief Brad Davis said.

With many children in the area and the suspect still at large, local parent Crystal Begley is questioning the safety of their neighborhood.

“It’s very disheartening to see something like this in our very own neighborhood so close to home when something like this happens right here at my front door, It don’t help to make anybody feel any better. It makes me feel like the community is not as safe as it should be,” Begley said.


MyMichigan Medical Center in Gladwin lifted their lockdown around noon. Gladwin Schools operated in secure mode for the day.

Beaverton Police say this is an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public.

6/6/23 10:28 a.m.

Beaverton Schools have canceled class, and MyMichigan Medical Center Gladwin is on lockdown due to an active police investigation, officials said Tuesday morning.

Michigan State Police said they are helping the Beaverton Police Department at the scene of a home invasion.

MSP says they are providing aviation support, canines and emergency services. They were not able to release more details at this time, but MSP said on social media that they are looking for an armed suspect.

Officials are advising people to avoid the area, as there could be danger to the public.

We will have more information for you on this developing story as we learn more.

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